Eli Manning went to Ole Miss, following in the footsteps of his father, Archie. Dak Prescott played at the rival school, Mississippi State. But that didn’t stop the Manning family from inviting Prescott to the Manning Passing Academy.
“I watched Dak, got to know him a little bit,” Manning said on a conference call with the Dallas media. “He came down to our Passing Academy, and he was a great counselor and a good person – lot of fun to be around, great energy. He had a terrific career at Mississippi State, and he seems to have had a great training camp and obviously thrown into the starting role. But he’s a good player, and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.”
Manning said Prescott and Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly had a friendly rivalry during the camp.
“He was great with the campers and always had a lot of energy to him, smiling, having fun and made it really easy to work with and listened well,” Manning said of Prescott. “You just saw him throw the ball very naturally, and obviously on game day you see his athletic ability just running around.”
Manning has made 194 consecutive starts, including the playoffs, only 33 behind his brother, Peyton, on the all-time list. Brett Favre’s 321 consecutive starts streak for a quarterback likely will never be touched.
Manning admits part of it is “luck.”
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hasn’t been as lucky. Romo missed 12 games last season with a fractured left clavicle and will miss at least six games this season with a compression fracture in his back.
“I was hoping it wasn’t serious,” Manning said of seeing Romo get hurt against Seattle on Aug. 25. “I kind of saw him walking around and heard he wanted to go back in the game, so I was hoping it wasn’t anything major. I heard the news the next day or so, that it was a little more serious than they anticipated and he was going to miss some time. Hate to see that for Tony. I have great respect for him. I’ve gotten to know him through the years.
“As a quarterback, you don’t like to see anybody get hurt. You don’t like to see other quarterbacks get injured or have to miss time and miss games – especially after last year when he missed a bunch. And to get hurt in a preseason game, you never like to see that. Hoping for a speedy recovery so he can get back real soon.”
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