Hurricane Sandy did not stop Eli Manning's preparations for the Steelers
By Steve Politi/Star-Ledger Columnist
on October 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM, updated October 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM
The photo went viral this week: Eli Manning, in red T-shirt and sweatpants, taking a photo with his cell phone of the new indoor pool in the lobby of his Hoboken apartment building.
Manning might be an NFL quarterback with a nine-figure contract, but his experience during Hurricane Sandy was no different than anyone else in the state. He rode it out on Monday night, hoping that the windows wouldn’t crack under the powerful winds, and then spent part of Tuesday assessing the damage.
He lost power like nearly everyone else in Hoboken, but otherwise, the Giants quarterback said he was lucky. The Giants quarterback might be a native of New Orleans, where hurricanes are common, but he said his family usually left town before they hit. He didn’t have that luxury this time.
“ I saw water coming over the Hudson River into the streets, and you see very quickly, all of a sudden, a car completely covered with water,” he said. “It can be scary. The wind was blowing, the windows were shaking.
“You hope everything holds up and the windows hold up and nothing cracks, but everything did. You make it through that Monday night. You wake up Tuesday, the water is back where it should be, and you start figuring out what you’re going to do the next couple days.”
Manning said he moved his family into a hotel Tuesday. He has no idea when he’ll be able to move back.
The storm, however, did not stop his preparations for team’s game against the Steelers this Sunday. He picked up his laptop, loaded with film of the Pittsburgh defense, and had it with him throughout the past two days.
“I think we’ve had a couple days to be with our families and deal with the situation. It’s not easy,” he said. “There are a lot of issues and no power, and home life is different and has its challenges, but once you get into the facilities and get around your teammates in meetings, it’ll be a good little break to get away from that. Once you get in here, it feels pretty normal.”