The P Posted February 5, 2009 Share Posted February 5, 2009 Mannings' sibling rivalry takes no break for Pro Bowl Buzz up! Like this story? Share it with Yahoo! Buzz KO OLINA, HAWAII -- The low-key atmosphere of Pro Bowl week can't contain the Manning brothers' sibling rivalry. Brothers Peyton and Eli Manning, in their first all-star appearance together, joined Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski and Panthers tackle Jordan Gross coaching a group of 30 kids from Special Olympics Hawaii in a half-hour Wednesday punt, pass and kick competition following their respective AFC and NFC morning practices. Turns out the "coaches'' engaged in some competitive moments against each other as well. With each competition, "coach Peyton,'' "coach Eli,'' or "coach Jordan'' and "coach Gostkowski'' were called on by the public address announcer to demonstrate the required skill for their team. Younger brother Eli not only out-punted Colts quarterback Peyton Manning by 10 yards in booming a 45-yarder, he wound up and heaved a 65-yard deep pass (10 yards further than big brother's effort) that flew the fence and carried into the bushes behind the makeshift practice field adjoining the players' on Oahu's west shore. Peyton bowed his head in shame after Eli out-punted him. That's okay. The Giants quarterback also out-punted Gostkowski by a couple of yards. And Gross fired a 55-yard pass that nearly went over the fence on one bounce. When several team mascots took the field to entertain the kids, including the Houston Texans' bull, Toro,' Peyton put his own spin on things and fired a couple of laser passes at Toro' as he stood 20 yards downfield. "Hey kids, Peyton said if you hit Toro with a pass, he'll buy you dinner,'' the public address announcer said. Medals were awarded to the best performers in each division by the four Pro Bowlers. The all-star game is moving to Miami next season after a 29-year run in Hawaii. The NFL has said it will consider keeping the 50th state in the rotation for future Pro Bowls. Ryan Ujumori, 38, who lives across from Aloha Stadium where Sunday's Pro Bowl game will be played, brought his sons, Ryson, 4, and Bostan, 2, dressed in blue-and-white Colts jerseys with Peyton Manning's No. 18. "You could see between Peyton and Eli, they still have that sibling rivalry even in something like this event,'' Ujumori says. "We're pretty sad not only for fans, but for the state of Hawaii that this could be the final Pro Bowl here.'' Said Peyton Manning: "The kids are great. Special Olympics is something my dad, (former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning) supported for a long time in New Orleans. It's fun to be here with Eli, Jordan and Stephen. And it's a life-lasting memory for these kids.'' -- Jim Corbett http://blogs.usatoday.com/thehuddle/2009/0...ngs-siblin.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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