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Eli Manning’s daughter most impressed by his role as Dunkin’ Donuts pitchman


Sure, Eli Manning may be the quarterback of the New York Giants, one of the most storied and successful franchises in the NFL. He may also be three-time Pro Bowler, a two-time Super Bowl champion as well as the recipient of the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award in those two victories.

But as far as his young daughter is concerned, those accolades and successes on the field pale in comparison to what Eli has accomplished off the field in his role as charismatic pitchman for Dunkin Donuts.

During an interview on Tuesday at a “Way to Pay” event in conjunction with Dunkin’ Donuts at the Meadowlands, Manning regaled reporters with a story with how his toddler daughter, Ava, one of two Manning girls (sister Lucy was just born in June this past summer), was blown away when she came upon a cardboard cutout of her daddy during a visit to a Dunkin’ Donuts recently with her mother, Abby.

“It was kind of funny with my wife the other day, she had my daughter,’’ Eli said, according to a report from the New York Post. “So, they ran into a Dunkin’ Donuts, they were waiting in line… kind of crowded, about 8 in the morning … and all of a sudden, my daughter, she looks up and sees [the Eli Manning billboard]. She starts going ‘Daddy, daddy, daddy!’ pointing at it and my wife’s kind of like ‘Hey, shh,… be quiet, be quiet,’ and so she was very confused as to why there was a cardboard cutout of me in Dunkin’ Donuts.”

Eli’s presence in Dunkin’ Donuts advertisements — be they on billboards or inside stores — can be seen all over Hoboken, N.J., where the Mannings live, so it’s no surprise how it registers to such a degree with a two-plus-year-old girl. And in the end, what’s likely more impressive to a toddler: Her daddy playing a silly game or a cardboard cutout of him at a place where she gets to eat tasty sweets? The answer is obvious.