Eli Manning and Brett Favre have had more memorable encounters than just the 2007 NFC Championship game.
When Manning was 17 years old, he snuck into a bar in Mississippi to drink a beer and play pool with Favre, he revealed during ESPN2’s “Monday Night Football” Manning-cast.
“I hopped a fence and snuck into a bar, I saw you shooting pool, I introduced myself to you and you asked if I wanted to shoot pool and hang out,” Manning told Favre during the alternate broadcast of the Packers’ 35-17 win over the Lions.
However, Manning couldn’t stay longer to hang out with Favre because the friend he was with refused to sneak into the bar with him – so he had to leave early.
“My buddy did not jump the wall with me, he was too scared, so I went out and was like ‘Brett Favre is in here, we’re about to drink a beer and play pool with Brett Favre. You gotta jump!’ and he would not do it,” Manning said. “So I jumped back over the fence and left, and I still give him hell every day that we could have had the greatest night of our lives. But you never leave your wingman. I’ve been watching a lot of Top Gun, and you never leave your wingman, so I had to leave.”
But even though Manning was the one that went out of his way to break the law to see Favre in the flesh, Favre seemed to identify more with the ethics of Manning’s friend who refused to sneak in.
“I give him credit for being an honest person and not sneaking into a bar underage,” Favre told Manning. “How dare you do something like that?”
Since Manning and Favre didn’t get to play pool that night, they had to wait a while to actually compete against each other.
It took nearly a decade before Manning and Favre finally met on the football field. Their first duel as starting quarterbacks came in Week 2 of the 2007 regular season, when Manning’s Giants took on the Packers at Giants Stadium. The Packers won that game, 35-29.
But four months later, the two quarterbacks met again at a frozen Lambeau Field for the NFC Championship game. Manning led the Giants to a 20-17 overtime victory in Favre’s final game as a Packer. Manning went on to win his first Super Bowl against the undefeated New England Patriots.