NEW ORLEANS – Cooper Manning, 39, arrived to his parents’ Louisiana home early Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving wearing a custom made NFL shirt, featuring half a Tony Romo #9 jersey sewn together with half a Tom Brady #12 jersey, sources close to the oldest Manning sibliing confirmed early today.
“What, this old thing?” asked Manning, when questioned about his choice of clothing by brothers Peyton, whose Broncos last this past Sunday to Brady’s Patriots, and Eli, whose Giants were defeated by Romo’s Cowboys. “Oh, it’s just something I found lying in the closet. It’s pretty cool, huh? I guess I just like wearing official NFL merchandise that remind me of winning quarterbacks.”
Added Cooper, “Gosh I totally forgot you guys played these two teams last weekend. Geez, I sure hope this doesn’t bring back any recent painful memories for you.”
Despite repeated pleas of, “Dad! Make him take if off,” from both Eli and Peyton to father Archie Manning, the family patriarch permitted his eldest son to wear the dual top throughout the holiday dinner.
“I have three boys in this house, and only one managed to not disgrace our family name by losing an NFL game this weekend,” grumbled the former Saints star. “As such, he currently holds ‘most favored son’ status, and can wear a sparkling Chiefs tiara and Eagles tutu for all I care. So you two losers can quit your bellyaching. Peyton, get back into the kitchen and help your mother with the womanly cooking chores. Eli, sit your ass back down at the kiddie table with your nieces and leave me alone with my bourbon.”