Joining the ranks of Nancy Kerrigan and Michael Phelps, New York Giants star quarterback Eli Manning will host NBC's Saturday Night Live on May 5.
As the New York Daily News reports, the two-time Super Bowl MVP is prepping himself to break out of his comfort zone and give comedy a shot.
For SNL network NBC, this is sure to be a big win: episodes of the long-running sketch show hosted by athletes tend to score big in the ratings race. Manning, on the other hand, stands to take the hardest hit if the show is less than stellar. Athletes and other non-actor public figures tend to be scrutinized heavily during SNL hosting spots since the audience knows that they're out of their element. It doesn't take more than a few clicks around Youtube to realize that viewers like a spectacular slip-up just as much as they like seeing a terrific pass in overtime.