Eli Manning Gushes About Daughter's Milestones, Father's Day Plans

Celebrity Moms Jun. 13, 2014 AT 4:30PM
Eli Manning and his daughter Ava New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning gushed to Us Weekly about his daughter's latest milestones and his Father's Day plans this weekend in NYC on Wednesday, June 11 Credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Eli Manning has a lot to be thankful for this Father's Day. The New York Giants quarterback spoke to Us Weekly about his upcoming plans, his daughter's latest milestones, and more as he partnered with Oral-B and March of Dimes at Studio Arte in NYC on Wednesday, June 11.

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On the red carpet, Manning took the time to pose for photographs with his eldest daughter Ava, 3, before handing her off to wife Abby as they headed into a private room.

"She's really funny," the 33-year-old told Us of his little girl. "The first time I took her to some tennis courts she said, 'Daddy, what's that game?' And I said, 'That's tennis.' And she said, 'I win at that game!' And I just went, 'Oh, goodness, gracious,'" he shared, laughing. "She's starting to get into some sports. She's starting to play a little soccer," he added.

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When off the football field, Manning also has his hands full with his younger daughter Lucy, who is turning 12 months old next week. "We've got the big birthday coming up and she's starting to walk around a little bit, kind of holding onto the furniture," he said. "She's started saying Mama and Dada."

Manning will be celebrating Father's Day with his wife of six years and their two adorable tots this weekend. "I think it's going to be pretty low-key and just a weekend of being with the family and just hanging out, being outside," he said. "Just running around, going to eat lunch, spending the afternoon hanging out in the grass…just being outside with my family." 

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"It goes by quickly," he added of the best dad advice he's received. "You hear that from a lot of parents. They're 3 years old and then you look up and they're graduating high school and they're graduating college. So just enjoy every moment that you have with them and every little period in their life is precious."

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As for expanding his family one day? "It's a possibility," he told Us. "We're enjoying the two, but I'm from a family of three and my wife's from a family of three, so I think that's always the number we had in our head. But we'll have to see how it goes."

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