New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a guy many love to hate. It’s unreal in foundation for the most part. Look back on the history of Big Blue guys under center and #10 is definitely in a league of his own. This won’t be changing any time soon, so today is a great time to adjust.
Every quarterback frustrates fans. Anyone that tells you different is a fibber. No one is perfect. Manning will tell you the same thing and throw in a good quote on self-improvement.
Recently, he sat down with Fran Healy of MSG’s The Game 365 and discussed many of his experiences while in blue. Some interesting, but far from shocking responses came from the mind of the offensive captain. As Eli claimed he handles the media: with consistency, honesty, sincerity and truth, he definitely had a confidence and comfort factor when answering a few that stood out from the two-time Super Bowl MVP (who was the only one to do it both times in final minute comebacks).
Healy asked about the immediate Peyton comparisons and Easy E seemed to know what was coming for in that light in 2004.
“I think the fact that Peyton was in his 6th year, people saw the level he was playing – he was playing at an MVP level and he was winning games and throwing touchdowns and they just assume, ‘Oh, you’re the little brother. He’s gonna be able to do that also. He’s at the same level Peyton is.’ And that doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. Plus, Peyton’s a freak. I can’t worry about what he’s doing. I gotta worry about going through my growing pains. Working. I’m gonna make mistakes; I’m [gonna] learn from ‘em. And that’s what you have to do, is try not to make the same mistakes twice,” Manning said.
Another answer that struck a chord was how he realistically replied about whether or not the game of football is as easy as the Manning family makes it look. It also showed how much he truly loves and takes pride in the game he plays. It was also a bit telling.
“No. It’s not easy. Nothing is easy on this level – at any level. It’s about being competitive, about studying; preparing…you could have the best week of preparation. You could have the best plays called so many times in a game and still not execute and still not be perfect – ‘cause that’s the great thing about football. All 11 guys on the field have to be doing their job correctly to have a successful play. If one guy misses a block or runs the wrong route, it’s gonna mess up everything else. So you can prepare all you want; it’s a matter of the team coming together and playing as one," Manning said.
Some of this may sound familiar as much of his sentiment comes from his upbringing, but it appears his time in Giants blue has cemented his current football philosophy. He’s not a loud, show-off guy. The days of seeing a quarterback yell on the sidelines pretty much went out with Phil Simms in 1993. Eli Manning is laid back and all about the team and making it improved. Well, that and getting Big Blue back to the Super Bowl.
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