Eli Manning goes in disguise, attempts to try out as a walk-on at Penn State

Penn State football held its biannual tryout for walk-ons prior to the 2022 season. Participants were greeted with a famous face…sort of.

Eli Manning took part in the tryouts as part of his ESPN segment, “Eli’s Places.” To really sell the bit, Manning sported a prosthetic nose, as well as mounds of makeup, hoping to camouflage himself as he attempted to make the team.

Nittany Lions coach James Franklin was in on Manning’s skit. Offensive analyst Danny O’Brien was not, however.

And as Manning zipped the ball into his receivers grasps time after time, O’Brien was enamored.

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“We need to sign this Chad Powers kid,” one Penn State coach said.

Here’s a clip from the segment:

Manning (or rather Powers) put up pedestrian numbers in the 40-yard dash. But when he got to the throwing drills, he showed off that golden arm.

Manning’s display in the pocket was exactly what one would expect from a two-time Super Bowl champion.

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It didn’t shock all those who took part in the tryouts, though. And when Franklin called Manning up to the front of the camp to reveal his true identity, those who clocked that iconic Manning jawline were quick to let their feelings be known.

Not only did he get a chance to sling the football around once more. But the 41-year-old also got to reveal that the Nittany Lions were offering a scholarship to walk-on punter Barney Amour, too. Amour was hounded in celebration by his teammates once the news broke.

All in all, that made for a happy day at Happy Valley for Manning.

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