Everyone knows Eli Manning could pass all over the field, but at least one former teammate said he enjoyed passing things in the locker room too. Wayne Gallman recently told the New York Post about an incident where Manning walked by him and farted in his face.
The topic came up when the reporter asked the running back his favorite memory of playing with Manning. For some reason, he chose this one.
“I wouldn’t say it was my favorite, but this is my most memorable,” Gallman said, according to the Post. “We’re in the locker room before a game, he was doing his stretching while I was sitting in my chair listening to music, and he walked by and he farted by my face. And walked away.”
Making matters worse, Gallman never got the chance to respond. Manning retired in January.
“There was no way I could get him back after that,” he said. “Had to do something real nasty.”
He didn’t elaborate on what the “real nasty” something would have been.
The mind boggles.
Eli Manning Was the ‘King of Pranks’
Aside from the crop-dusting teammates before a game, the de facto Giants team leader enjoyed having fun with fans and teammates alike. There are several video compilations where Manning and his victims go into the more devious and diabolical pranks.
For example, putting Icy Hot on a teammate’s roll of deodorant. Or, more nefarious, changing the default language on a fan’s phone to Chinese when they hand it to him for a selfie. He and his brother Peyton Manning did that to former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor Kevin Nealon.
In a more cerebral approach, Eli Manning once also stole his offensive lineman’s dress shoes before a plane trip ahead of the 2007 Super Bowl. He had replacement pairs for them. The catch was those shoes were spray-painted bright pink and purple.
Despite the pranks, his teammates all still had great respect for him. Running back Gallman called Manning a great leader who taught him how to be a productive player in the NFL.
“Eli is one of the best people I’ve ever met,” Gallman said. “He’s a great leader, I’ve learned a lot with him of how he could handle adversity. Just the way he handled himself as a player — being on time, how he comes to work, how he comes to practice, how he comes to games prepared, take care of his body. He showed a lot.”