The former Ole Miss standout has been a four-time Pro Bowler and the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year awardee.
More importantly, he helped the New York Giants win Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
He also won the Most Valuable Player award in both games.
He remains close to football through the alternate Monday Night Football broadcast with his brother Peyton called “Manningcast.”
Though he has been out of football since 2019, he decided to test his mettle when he went undercover during the walk-on tryouts at Penn State.
"Chad Powers" aka Eli Manning undercover tried to walk-on to Penn State's football team 😂😂
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 19, 2022
NFL on CBS shared the video wherein Manning went by the name “Chad Powers.”
He said “fall” when asked what semester he was graduating.
The trainers, coaches, and players were confused if he was for real because he looked old for a college player and looked “stuck in the 80s.”
But he kept his disguise by talking to his fellow walk-ons, especially that other quarterback.
Manning ran the 40-yard dash in 5.49 seconds while saying “think fast, run fast” to himself.
When coach Danny O’Brien asked him about the last team he played for, he said “I was homeschooled. Watched a lot of film though. She was my coach.”
Manning Felt At Home Throwing The Ball
But when it was time to showcase his arm, Manning did not disappoint by zipping the ball downfield.
He was hitting the targets right on their chest where it’s easier to catch the balls.
The Nittany Lions believed that they could have the next big thing in college football.
That is, of course, until Manning revealed his identity, through the help of head coach James Franklin.
Franklin shared that Powers had no eligibility left before removing the prosthetics to show who he really is.