Eli Manning explains what 'Omaha' really means

Peyton Manning has been known to step to the line, survey the defense, and bark out "Omaha" a time or 44. And while there have been theories, Manning never gave a straight answer about the meaning of the word in the context he repeatedly used it.

“I know a lot of people ask what Omaha means,” he said back in January 2014. “Omaha is a run play, but it could be a pass play or a play-action pass depending on a couple things: when, which way we’re going, the quarter and the jerseys that we’re wearing. So it varies, really, play to play. So, that’s -- there’s your answer to that one.”

But thanks to Eli Manning, the mystery has been solved. On Tuesday, the Giants quarterback and Peyton's younger brother, spilled the beans.

"So Omaha was in the playbook,” Eli Manning said at a special event for season-ticket holders, via Giants.com. “There was actually a sheet that said ‘Omaha’ at the top, and basically ‘Omaha’ was maybe we change the play, or maybe when I was changing protection, or [David] Diehl had to tie his shoe or something and was taking forever and the play clock’s running down. And ‘Omaha’ just told everybody to put their hand in the ground, shut up, and the ball’s about to be snapped.

“So I would say ‘Omaha’ and I would say it again and then say ‘set hut’ and do whatever you think you need to be doing and let’s go play football.”

The truth is out there, finally.

Now we just need Aaron Rodgers to explain the true meaning of "New York Bozo."

Thanks to Eli, Peyton's secret is no more. (YouTube)
Thanks to Eli, Peyton's secret is no more. (YouTube)
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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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