Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning Marries College Sweetheart
First Published: April 21, 2008 9:51 AM EDT Credit: AP
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- A Super Bowl championship isn’t the only big event this year for New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning married college sweetheart Abby McGrew during a sunset ceremony Saturday at the One & Only Palmilla resort on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
Both The New York Daily News and The New York Post covered the event, with the Daily News providing details from inside the intimate ceremony.
Manning, 27, and McGrew, 24, smiled and giggled during the 16-minute ceremony. They stood on a platform in the sand as waves crashed on the rocks behind them.
Manning and McGrew met as students at the University of Mississippi. Manning popped the question to her during a date in Hoboken last March, and they chose the resort for their wedding after vacationing there several times, The Daily News reported.
McGrew carried a bouquet of white roses and wore a white gown with gold embroidering with a large bow and short train in the back. Her six bridesmaids wore champagne-colored strapless dresses.
Manning and his groomsmen wore khaki suits and white roses in their lapels. Manning wore a tie with blue and white stripes, while his groomsmen kept their collars open.
Moments before the ceremony, Eli Manning’s brother Peyton, the Indianapolis Colts’ star quarterback, wrapped his arm around his brother and whispered words of encouragement to him.
The Daily News reported that the minister looked down at Eli Manning’s hands during the ceremony and joked that they were “quite large.”
Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon declined to discuss the wedding when contacted Sunday by The Associated Press. Phone messages for Manning’s agent Tom Condon and his Giants teammate Shaun O’Hara weren’t immediately returned.
Manning has been with the Giants since 2004 and was this year’s Super Bowl MVP, leading the Giants to their 17-14 upset win over the New England Patriots. Manning threw 19 of 34 for 255 yards and two touchdowns, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds to play.
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