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David Letterman: My Favorite Manning? Super Bowl MVP Eli

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Eli Manning says this Super Bowl championship is for his teammates.

Manning made an appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday, a day after the quarterback led the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots for his second title in five years.

“I think when you have one, that second one, you really do it for the other guys who’ve never had that experience,” said Manning. “The first one just is wild.”

Speaking of wild, Manning flew from Indianapolis to Orlando Monday morning for the MVP parade at Disney World. He then hustled to Manhattan to make his “Late Show” appearance.

“I had a big morning,” Manning told Letterman. “I had to get ready for this, so I had to get my full sleep. I’ve been preparing and practicing for this. Peyton was playing you.”

Letterman, an Indiana native, said Eli is his favorite Manning over brother Peyton.

“I get a Christmas gift from you every year. It’s a jacket. I don’t think Peyton gets that,” said Manning. “That’s how I knew I was the favorite.”

Peyton is the star quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts — though perhaps not for much longer. Letterman pressed the younger Manning on his brother’s plans for next season.

Eli told Letterman that Peyton wants to play but doesn’t know where he’ll end up.

“You know!” exclaimed Letterman. “Don’t lie to me!”

Manning also poked some fun at the controversy he caused before the season. You know, when he compared himself to elite quarterback Tom Brady.

Not so controversial now, is it?

“Um, it’s like someone asking you, ‘Are you an elite talk show host?’ What would you say?” said Manning. “I’m sure you think you’re pretty good at this.”

Did Eli deliver the laughs? Sound off in the comments below…

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