Wigged-out Eli and Peyton rapping on new TV ad

Peyton, left, and Eli Manning in a screen shot from their rap video “Football On Your Phone.”

CBSSPORTS.COM Peyton, left, and Eli Manning in a screen shot from their rap video “Football On Your Phone.”

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jay Z and 50 Cent had better watch out. The rap world has a couple of wigged-out new stars — E-Z and $17.5-Mil.

Haven’t heard of them? Well, they’re a little more well-known on the football field.

Quarterbacks and Super Bowl MVPs Eli and Peyton Manning burst onto the music scene this week with a three-minute rap video in which they promote “Football On Your Phone” for DirectTV.

The commercial starts out with the Mannings sitting in barber chairs, wearing wigs that mimicked hair styles of the ’60s and ’70s. Eli has a frizzy, curly-haired mop and Peyton wore a straight, long-hair wig worthy of any rocker.

Video: Peyton and Eli Manning star in DirectTV ad 'Football On Your Phone'

“Peyton and I had fun doing the skit,” Eli said Wednesday before practice. “Obviously (we) got a lot of laughs together just every time we would kind of look at each other and wonder what we were doing.”

The brothers filmed the humorous commercial in one day in their native New Orleans, extolling the value of watching football games on a phone, joking at one point that someone was actually using his phone as a phone.

Of course, Eli Manning’s teammates were on him Wednesday at the Giants’ training camp.

Long-time Giants teammate Chris Snee said he had never seen Eli rap.

“I’ve never heard Eli sing period,” the offensive lineman said. “When he controls the radio it’s usually country or something nobody really wants to listen to besides him.”

Punter Steve Weatherford called the performance “awesome,” adding that players are walking in the team’s headquarters humming the lyrics.

“Everybody. Everybody,” said Weatherford, who added most people don’t realize how funny the usually dry Eli Manning can be. “It’s not getting annoying yet. I don’t assume it will for at least a week.”

The best line of the video for Weatherford was when Eli Manning jumps through a life-sized picture of telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell, and Peyton asks what would Bell think about someone watching football on their phone.

“Who cares?” Eli responds. “The dude is dead.”

Eli Manning was amazed by the popularity of the music.

“I guess the song is a little catchy. A few guys going to the cafeteria line and they don’t even know I am behind them and they are humming the song or the words,” said Eli Manning, who said he hasn’t been asked for a live performance. “If I hear, I say, ‘I think it’s got you.’

“That song gets stuck in your head all day. They are kind of just going around signing the song every once a while.”

The good news for Jay Z and 50 Cent is that Eli isn’t looking for another gig.

“No. I think I will stay with my day job and keep playing football for long as possible,” he said. “A one and done. A one-hit wonder probably.”

With the Denver Broncos scheduled to play a preseason game at San Francisco on Thursday, Peyton Manning was not available for comment on Wednesday.

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Comments » 8

CoverOrange writes:

Name another professional sport superstar that has made commercials making fun of himself. Kudos to the Mannings challenging the image.

ReeseHallRelic writes:

It's funny, but NOTHING will beat Peyton's satirical United Way PSA from Saturday Night Live.

"Open! Get open!" "Get your head out of your @$$!! You SUCK!!

(Hey, KNS, it's a direct quote from Peyton. You GOTTA let it in!)

[Uhhh, no, they don't....]

WaltGoVoIs writes:

This video isn't funny.


UT '81

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

Check out Football Cops, their other new Direct TV gig.



Glad to see the Mannings having fun and living a dream! Life is too short to take yourself too seriously.

BlueHarley writes:

That shot of Archie was priceless...

6972 writes:

There is renewed hope within me to be sucessful in the music industry. I can see my name already in lights.

Chappy writes:

in response to VOLS_SEC_RULES:

Glad to see the Mannings having fun and living a dream! Life is too short to take yourself too seriously.


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