1. Mother OLIVIA was Homecoming Queen at Ole Miss.
2. Even though he was a freshman redshirt, had 2,000 fans line up for his autograph at "Meet The Rebels Day" in 1999 - far more than any other player. "It was overwhelming," said Mississippi head coach DAVID CUTCLIFFE.
3. Father ARCHIE says he is more laid-back than PEYTON: "Eli isn't quite as intense as Peyton or quite as forceful. He goes about things in a different way."
4. Although Peyton's college numbers were slightly better than his, Eli thinks he outdoes his older brother in one category: "I'm better looking."
5. Was so relaxed before a big Thursday night game in high school, he called his parents to ask them to tape a "Seinfeld" episode for him.
6. Family nicknamed him "Easy" because he was so cool about everything.
7. Before he arrived at Mississippi, banners were hung at the school proclaiming, "Eli's Coming," after the Three Dog Night song. The group was even brought to Oxford to perform at a spring game.
8. The second-floor view of his college apartment in Oxford looks out over the town square. Off a wrought-iron balcony, he can see the landmark white Lafayette County Courthouse, not far from the office where WILLIAM FAULKNER once wrote.
9. He often amazed his father by not knowing the name of the team he faced while playing for New Orleans' Isidore Newman High School.
10. Wore a pillow under his shirt sleeve in the seventh and eighth grades when he caught balls fired by high school QB Peyton when the brothers played in the backyard. "I was his ball boy," says Eli. "He was throwing rockets. I couldn't catch them with my hands. I had to catch them off my arm."
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