Peyton Manning's pre-snap audibles have become a hot topic of interest, starting with his rampant use of "Omaha!" in the seconds before snapping the ball.

After the Broncos quarterback was counted using the phrase 44 times during a single game, plenty of theories have been spun to try and make sense of the command's meaning.

People have even checked with his brother Eli Manning who has been coy about its meaning in the past -- last year, he wrote it off as a vague term that could mean different things depending on the play call and the circumstances of the game.

But now we know that may not be the case.

According to, little brother Eli finally shed some light on the "Omaha" audible to an event for Giants season-ticket holders.

His story is a simple one: Omaha was just a part of the playbook, and the Giants use it as well.

"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 ... and [the setup] was taking forever and the play clock's running down," Manning says. "And 'Omaha' just told everybody to put their hand in the ground, shut up, and the ball's about to be snapped."

In other words, it was a warning to everyone: Get ready, because this is about to happen.

"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."

Does that explain things? Yes, it sure sounds like it. Was it as exciting as everyone had hoped? Not at all.

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