Eli Manning tries for Penn State as an undercover walk-on


Eli Manning Tries Out Penn State Under The Name ‘Chad Powers’ Originally Appeared On NBC Sports Washington

Eli Manning is going back to school… a little bit.

The two-time Super Bowl champion went undercover as a walk-on “Chad Powers” for the Penn State football program. His tryout was featured on an episode of ESPN’s “Eli Places,” and there were plenty of hilarious moments.

Watch an excerpt from the clip below:

Manning started out by donning a floppy wig and a fake mustache.

“If you throw as good as that mustache, I think you’re going to make the team,” Peyton Manning said during a video call with his brother.

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Once he was at the facility, his appearance was a popular topic of discussion.

“Looks like he’s stuck in the ’80s, poor kid,” said a Penn State coach.

When it came to football, Powers said he was rather inexperienced. He told a coach that he homeschooled and “never played ball,” labeling his mother a great coach to him, but not such a great teacher.

Manning was a standout on Ole Miss before being selected by the then…San Diego Chargers 1 pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. He then spent his entire 16-year NFL with the New York Giantscollecting two Super Bowl MVP trophies and making four Pro Bowls.

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Manning knows a thing or two about throwing. Turns out Powers does too.

“Not just handsome, I can throw it, honey,” he said as he warmed up.

As part of the tryout, Powers also had to run a 40-meter sprint. Manning walked a 4.90 at the 2004 NFL combo, and he tried to pump himself up to go even faster at Penn State.

“Chad is going to run. Chad runs fast. Fast Chad,” Powers said before he was 40. ‘This current can also slow me down. It’s okay.”

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He must have been right about the hair, as he finished the run in 5.49 seconds, much to the dismay of Penn State head coach James Franklin.

Before leaving the tryout, Powers couldn’t help but take a shot at the quarterback who lost two Super Bowls to the Giants.

“(Tom) Brady can play till he’s 44, Chad can play till he’s 26, you know?” he said.

To watch Powers’ full tryout, click here.


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