New York Giants Super Bowl champ Eli Manning visits CT to receive award


PLANTSVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — Eli Manning came to Connecticut to receive an award at the Franciscan Sports Banquet Monday night. News 8’s John Pierson got to speak with the Super Bowl champion at the event.

The two-time New York Giants Super Bowl champion accepted the Saint Francis Award at the 35th Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet and Silent Auction at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

The event was postponed multiple times over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was never able to make it while I was playing,” Manning told Pierson. “With the schedule…and practices so I said I would do it when I got done. I tried to do it last year, and with obviously everything going on with the pandemic, we weren’t able to hold it. I’m happy to be here tonight and to receive this award is a great honor.”

WEB EXTRA: News 8’s John Pierson’s full interview with Eli Manning

Proceeds Benefit the Franciscan Life Center and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.

Danbury High School’s girl’s basketball Head Coach Jackie DiNardo received the Saint Clare Award at the event.

Former UConn Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Calhoun also spoke at the event.

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