Eli Manning is a miracle worker. Sure, he was able to lead the Giants to an unexpected Super Bowl victory over Tom Brady & his undefeated Patriots. But we now know how truly magical the NY QB is - his sneakers helped bring together a pair of siblings that hadn’t seen each other in 45 years.
The HOBOKEN (NJ) REPORTER has the sole-ful tale of Tommy Morrissey, a local resident who was able to reunite with his long-lost sister - all due to Eli’s shoes.
It all started back in February, when the Reporter ran a post-Super Bowl article about Morrissey & the shoes. Tommy was given the sneakers by his son, Tom, who runs a moving company. And the younger Tom was given the footwear by Abby McGrew - then-fiancee, now wife of Eli - as a token of appreciation for helping her with a move.
Kathy Nicholson, a relative of Donna Sullivan, spotted the article and told Donna about it. She new that Donna, Tommy and seven other siblings were all separated when their mother died in 1963. Donna was only seven months old at the time.
After some searching & Googling, Sullivan was soon able to track down Morrissey. She called him up, he called back, and the two scheduled to meet face-to-face for the first time in 45 years:
Morrissey said, “I met her and her husband in front of City Hall (in Hoboken). I said to my son, ‘That’s got to be her. She looks just like my mother.’”
Sullivan said that Morrissey noticed her first, and that when she saw him, “He looked just like my father.” She had some memories of her father because he came to visit her before his death, and she knew his face from old pictures.
“You want to say so much,” Morrissey said, “but when it came down to it, I had to just give her a hug.”
All because of Manning’s old sneakers. Wonder what miraculous fortunes could be brought from obtaining Eli’s old jock strap?
On second thought, we’d rather not know.