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Eli Manning The Making of a Quarterback

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  102 ratings  ·  19 reviews
When Eli Manning found teammate Plaxico Burress in the end zone with just 35 seconds remaining in Super Bowl XLII, he completed what was perhaps the greatest game-winning drive and unlikely upset in Super Bowl history. But the drive, which also included a remarkable escape and pass completion to unheralded receiver David Tyree, was the culmination of years of promise and d ...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published September 3rd 2008 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published September 1st 2008)
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It's so strange to read this now, after Eli Manning has won not one but TWO Super Bowls and the MVP titles to go along with it. That doesn't take anything away from the book, though, which is not only incredibly enjoyable, but gives readers insight into one of the most derided AND most celebrated quarterbacks of the last 10 years ... probably in the history of the NFL. As a huge Giants fan who has been following Eli's career since the very beginning, I loved reading about all the behind the scen ...more
Shyheim Russell
This story about Eli Manning is really interesting as it tells the life of Eli and how he has always followed the shadow of his brothers and father. Eli is told to be a silent child with a quiet and shy personality unlike his brother Peyton Manning who is rowdy and outspoken, use to bully his little brother. Eli always tried to follow in his father even though his dad did not really pressure his sons to do football, he let them choose their own paths and he would support them in their mission, a ...more
David Stuart
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Awhile back, I asked my uncle, "Uncle Bob, you know I am a big Giants fan, what is a good book about the Giants that i should read"? And he recommended this one. Let me start off by saying this book was the best book i ever read. I have read a lot of football books, and many about the Giants but none compares to this one.
Ralph Vacchiano author of "The Making of a Quarterback" does a great job highlighting plays that Eli Manning made in the 2008 Super Bow
Eli Manning is one of the future hall of fame quarters at this time that has been a person everyone use to overlook. When he was drafted, everyone looked over him through his first couple of years because of his brother Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning is his older brother that is a star at the time and played in the NFL some years before Eli. In the rookie year, Eli Manning had such a rough season and nobody knew what to do with him. Eli was such an unemotional person when it came to interviews a ...more
Eli Manning: The making of a quarterback is a good book for giants fans or overall football fans period. This book not only talks about Eli Manning and how he has developed as a football player and a person, but it also goes much more into detail about the NFL and how he compared to some of the best quarterbacks who has ever played the game of football.. It talks about how the NFL draft is ran and how the New York Giants were able to pick up Eli Manning as the first pick of the NFL draft. This b ...more
Lady Lioness
What I know about the mechanics of football could fit on the back of a postcard. The only reason that I didn't give this book five stars is that it assumes the reader has an understanding of the sport that I didn't have. I still don't know what the hell an audible is. On Super Bowl Sunday, I watched the Puppy Bowl and the last five minutes of the actual game.

This book was very narrowly focused. It's shelved in my library system as a biography, but it doesn't cover Eli Manning the person, only El
George Sirois
When Peter King of Sports Illustrated was asked about how he made his selections for the Top 10 Super Bowl teams from 1966 – 2004, he mentioned how fans are always taught to "love the old stuff, respect the old stuff." He went on to mention different iconic moments in the National Football League, like Bart Starr diving into the end zone at the end of Ice Bowl I to drive his point home.

One of the teams that consistently remind their fans of "the old stuff" is the New York Giants, since the vict
Selaine Henriksen
I used to be a hockey fan, in my teens. The Montreal Canadiens were my team and I even taught myself French, if only to read and listen, not speak, because Guy Lafleur was French (I'm dating myself, I know. However, even Guy is quite older than I am:)) Then I got married and my husband, an American, was a football fan, specifically the NY Giants. As happens in marriages, my husband learned to appreciate hockey and, eventually, I learned to appreciate football. Nowadays I have to confess we rarel ...more
An excellent insider story of how Eli Manning became the Most Valuable Player of Superbowl XLII after, in his early days with the New York Giants, to whom he had been traded, it seemed as though the franchise had made a grave mistake.

But Manning and his coaches persisted and he eventually won through and defeated the unbeaten New England Patriots, who were clear favourites, to win that Superbowl. His last ditch pass to David Tyree was remarkable and saw the Giants take the lead for the first tim
Kolton Burley
The book "Eli Manning The Making of a Quarterback" By Ralph Vacchiano is about Eli Manning the son of Archie Manning who was one of the best NFL player. He has two brothers: Cooper who is the oldest, Peyton the middle child and one of the best current players in the NFL right now. Cooper and Peyton were one of the best high school combination.
Peyton went to Tennessee and had a great college career there, he was drafted in the first round first pick by the Colts. Eli went to Ole Miss and had an
Kevin Zhang
This book was good but it doesn't really talk about who Eli Manning is as a person , but just who he is as a quarterback. Reading this book , the writer assumes that you know about football and the game itself. Being a Giants fan , it's like reliving all the moments when Eli was first drafted and his journey. Reading this book , I feel like I understand who Eli Manning is as a person . He seems to be that type of person I would want as a boss. If he tells you something , he's going to mean it. ...more
This book is about the young Eli Manning quater back of the New York Giants. This book decribes the history of Manning's carrer so far in the NFL. this book also explains how Manning improved in his carrer and went from a person thorwing interceptions to a player who won the the superbowl with the giants at such a young age. Eli Manning is the future of this sport and me as a fan of the New York Giants i am really exicted to see what Eli is going to do for the New York Giants as the years go by. ...more
Anthony Chouloute
Must read for Giants fans. A very detailed and insightful glimpse of a franchise's unlikely road to a championship that all began with an unprecedented trade in the 2004 NFL Draft.
Stephen Costello
Ralph did a great job here in what it takes to be a top NFL
As with all ex players kids the name alone will not get you two Superbowls.

Easy, fun, interesting stories. And I was able to get it autographed by Eli Manning at training camp 2010.
Very simple here:

If you are a Giants fan or fan of the game....READ IT. Fantastic.
May 28, 2010 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Giants fans
Recommended to Eric by: Jim Comer
Shelves: sports
Informative, but repetitive -- it didn't need to be 270+ pages.
Learned about what a qb in the NFL has to go through.
Dec 28, 2008 Terri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: bio
Pers. Rev. Dec. 2008
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Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Ralph Vacchiano, graduated from Syracuse University in 1991.

He began his professional career covering the Buffalo Bills for the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, New York. He spent two seasons doing that before moving on for four years covering the New York Giants and the National Football League in general for the North Jersey Herald and News in Passaic
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