Retired NFL quarterback and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning is famous for his “Omaha” audible, but does his little brother also use a unique play-calling vocal instruction?
New York Giants signal-caller Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl winner like his brother Peyton, led his team to a 17-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in an away game for both teams on Sunday at London’s Twickenham Stadium (although it was technically considered a Rams’ home game).
Many viewers seemed to believe that the Giants quarterback was calling the name of a presidential candidate during the game’s second quarter in a first-and-10 play. The run play gained one yard, however.
From the New York Post:
Eli Manning’s version of The Wall may be big, blue and stand at the line of scrimmage, but it sure sounded like the Giants play caller was invoking another wall master against the Rams on Sunday. CBS mics appeared to catch a moment during the game in London when Manning yelled out…‘Hey, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump’ in directing his teammates at the line of scrimmage.
Apparently this audible attracted a lot of social media attention. “Some on Twitter speculated that the call was a signal for blockers to form a wall for the ball carrier in reference to the Republican presidential nominee’s plan to build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico,” AP noted.
Quipped broadcaster Dan Fouts, “I wonder if he has to give Hillary equal time?”
Both Manning brothers were donors to Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, a candidacy perhaps best remembered for its low energy.
After the game, Manning denied any Trump connection. “No, no Trump call. No Trump call. We had something very similar, but no — no. It was not a Trump. So no, not an audible this week.”
At 4-3 the Giants are in last place in the NFC East.
Watch/Listen to the play and decide for yourself if Manning was shouting “Trump.”