The Manning family has made it. No, I’m not talking about the amount of Super Bowls Eli and Peyton have won nor everyone in the Manning clan’s phenomenal college football careers, and I’m damn sure not talking about Cooper Manning’s success in the energy business (although he’s actually one of the industry’s top players). I’m talking about hotel key cards, baby.
As ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas found out on Wednesday, The Graduate, a hotel in Oxford, Mississippi, has an odd way of honoring the Manning family, who has a deep footprint in Ole Miss culture.
Yes please to that ultrasound. He was probably in the womb and still practicing throwing the pigskin a damn quarter mile.
I’ve heard of stars, especially athletes, putting their names on everything from restaurants to car dealerships. But I can count on one hand the times I’ve heard of needing an athlete’s student ID from the early ‘90s to get into my hotel room.
Now, it shouldn’t be as much of a surprise that the Mannings have such a presence at one of Ole Miss’ newest and more popular hotels. Archie, Eli and Cooper all attended Ole Miss, with Peyton being the only one of the family to defect to the University of Tennessee. Something tells me his decision worked out okay for him and his football career, though.
Do you think the Manning obsession stops with room cards, though? Oh, you’re sorely mistaken, little man.
From Hotty Toddy:
The first restaurant is Cabin 82 (named after the cabin that the Mannings own at the Neshoba County Fair), located directly off of the hotel lobby and accessible from an inviting exterior patio.
From The Clarion-Ledger:
Located at 400 N. Lamar Blvd., Graduate Oxford hotel offers The Coop (as in Cooper Manning, a friend of the hotel ownership team). Imagine enjoying a drink after a Rebel win while listening to live blues and looking out at the stars.
Mannings. Mannings here. Mannings there. Mannings everywhere. Where they’ll stop? Nobody knows.
There’s got to be a zero-percent return rate on this hotel’s room keys. My guess is most people check out of the hotel and head straight to the nearest place to get one of these keys framed for their at-home Manning shrines.
Making money off your 20+-year-old college ID. That’s a power move. Screw the NCAA..
Image via Twitter/Jay Bilas