When Eli was 17 years old, he snuck into a bar in Mississippi to drink a beer and play pool with Favre, he revealed during ESPN2’s “Monday Night Football” Manning-cast.
“I hopped a fence and snuck into a bar, I saw you shooting pool, I introduced myself to you and you asked if I wanted to shoot pool and hang out,” Manning told Favre.
“My buddy did not jump the wall with me, he was too scared, so I went out and was like ‘Brett Favre is in here, we’re about to drink a beer and play pool with Brett Favre. You gotta jump!’ and he would not do it,” Manning said. “So I jumped back over the fence and left, and I still give him hell every day that we could have had the greatest night of our lives. But you never leave your wingman. I’ve been watching a lot of Top Gun, and you never leave your wingman, so I had to leave.”
“I give him credit for being an honest person and not sneaking into a bar underage,” Favre told Manning. “How dare you do something like that?”
Both stars wouldn’t be able to compete against each other until years later in the NFL. Their first duel as starting quarterbacks came in Week 2 of the 2007 regular season as Favre and the Packers won that game, 35-29.
Months later, the two quarterbacks met again at a frozen Lambeau Field for the NFC Championship game. Manning led the Giants to a 20-17 overtime victory in Favre’s final game as a Packer. Manning went on to win his first Super Bowl against the undefeated New England Patriots.
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