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Eli Manning on younger teammates: ‘A lot of dancing”

Veteran QB on how he relates to younger players

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning spends his time on the field doing everything he can to get on the same page with his teammates. Tuesday, he spent one-on-one time working with Odell Beckham Jr. both during and after practice.

Off the field? The 37-year-old Manning isn’t exactly an old man but he is from a different generation than most of his teammates. So, how does he relate?

“I do a lot of dancing,” Manning deadpanned on Tuesday afternoon.

“I think I have a good relationship with all the guys, and I’m not trying to act like I’m 22, I act my age and make fun of myself a lot, and they add to it probably and so that’s fine. I’m good with that.

Manning is known as a prankster, but said his teammates have grown wary, noting that the password on Beckham’s phone “isn’t 1313 anymore,” negating his famous change the language on the phone trick.

“I have to regroup and find a new system,” he said.

“You’ve got to have fun with them and connect with them. There’s times where it is serious and you’re talking ball, they always know by the way I approach them whether I have something serious to talk about, a route or a concept or something. There’s (also) times where we get to goof off and kind of get to know the lighter side of them.”

Which brings us back to Manning and the dancing.

“There’s a lot of dancing going on [in the locker room], a lot of dancing, which, I find very curious,” Manning said. “The music, I miss out on some of the music and social media, some of the things they’re on. For the most part, I can figure it out.”

Don’t worry, Eli. All the grand dads reading — yours truly included — can empathize.