Like many residents of the New York City area, Eli Manning’s life was disrupted by Hurricane Sandy. The lobby of his apartment building flooded and Eli did was pretty much anyone would do when confronted with such a scene: he took a picture of it with his phone.
Kate Mara (niece of John Mara, the owner of the New York Giants, and sister of actress Rooney Mara) happened to be there at the time and she snapped a picture of Eli taking the aforementioned picture. She tweeted the picture and it (the one of Eli, not the one Eli took) went viral.
— Kate Mara (@_KateMara) October 30, 2012
It’s far from the world’s most exciting picture, but that’s kind of what makes it so great. Eli is just a dumpy-looking dude taking a phone pic like a regular guy.
It didn’t take long for a new meme to sprout up. The guys at Deadspin created a Tumblr called Eli Manning Looking At Things and submissions started to flood in (sorry for the bad choice of words, New Yorkers). It’s no Smokin’ Jay Cutler, but it’s still worth a look.
Below are some of the best Eli Manning Looking At Things photos: