EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jay Z and 50 Cent had better watch out. The rap world has a couple of wigged-out new stars - E-Z and $17.5-Mil.
Haven't heard of them? Well, they're a little more well-known on the football field.
Quarterbacks and Super Bowl MVPs Eli and Peyton Manning burst onto the music scene this week with a three-minute rap videotape in which they promote "Football On Your Phone" for DirectTV.
The commercial starts out with the Mannings sitting in barber chairs, wearing wigs that mimicked hair styles of the `60s and `70s. Eli has a frizzy, curly-haired mop and Peyton wore a straight, long-hair wig worthy of any rocker.
"Peyton and I had fun doing the skit," Eli said Wednesday before practice. "Obviously (we) got a lot of laughs together just every time we would kind of look at each other and wonder what we were doing."
The brothers filmed the humorous commercial in one day in their native New Orleans, extolling the value of watching football games on a phone, joking at one point that someone was actually using his phone as a phone.
Of course, Eli Manning's teammates were on him Wednesday at the Giants' training camp.
Long-time Giants teammate Chris Snee said he had never seen Eli rap.
"I've never heard Eli sing period," the offensive lineman said. "When he controls the radio it's usually country or something nobody really wants to listen to besides him."