SNL Drafts Eli Manning, Welcomes Back Rihanna

NFL quarterback Eli Manning, who led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl win this past February, will — wait for it — tackle his first Saturday Night Live hosting gig on May 5, the NBC sketch show announced during this weekend’s telecast.

Manning’s only previous SNL appearance was in 2007, as an audience member when his big brother and fellow NFL QB Peyton — who is now with the Denver Broncos — hosted.

Rihanna will serve as SNL‘s musical guest for a third time during Eli’s debut. The five-time Grammy Award winner last rocked Studio 8H in October 2010, alongside host Jon Hamm. Should we count on a third “Shy Ronnie” digital short from her and Andy Samberg?

What do you think, SNL and/or NFL fans? Pro athlete hosts tend to either agonizingly crater or pleasantly surprise — where do you predict the younger Manning will land on the spectrum?