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Alex Smith + Eli Manning -- former IMG trainees meet in NFC Championship

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They were one year apart, but NFC Championship quarterbacks Eli Manning and Alex Smith have another direct connection other than being No. 1 overall picks -- IMG Academy.

Both Manning and Smith spent significant chunks of time training at IMG Academy in preparation for the NFL Combine and eventual NFL careers.

"What was clear about both Eli and Alex when they trained at IMG Academy was how competitive they were," said Trevor Moawad, Director of the IMG Performance Institute. "Whether it was in the weight room, game on offices, sport performance center -- these guys always demanded excellence of themselves. It wasn't a surprise to us that both were the #1 overall picks."

Check out the video that showcases a young(er) Manning and Smith at IMG Academy (:35 second mark and 1:20 mark):

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