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New York Giants’ Eli Manning Continues to Stress Importance of “All In”

February 3rd, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Jen Polashock

'Eli Manning' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ 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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8 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning Continues to Stress Importance of “All In””

  1.  rlhjr says:

    Simon Garron-Caine info is pretty cool. Good for him.

    As for Eli, his being imaged as a Alpha Male, leader of a wolf pack is all about how you look at it. He preaches educating yourself. Watching film and studying your opponent. Eli would maybe not use the word enemy. Nor would warrior be in his vocabulary. I think we all saw what he does best in both Super Bowls and last years NFC title game. The man is brave and not is not susceptible to pain or intimidation.

    Some use talk to make themselves believe they are tough. And some folks, no matter how little they “show” it are every bit as stone cold tough as those who pontificate. Eli is just a rock and a model of staying on an even keel.
    Eli is indeed atypical but he does the same things with his manner, that others do with their mouths. This just in………..he does it pretty well.

    Warning, all of that will be placed in jeopardy if he’s not given a collection of offensive linemen capable of blocking for both run and pass.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    The Giants look to extend Nicks long term. Nice.
    Cruz could be history. Young Randel get ready to work.
    The QB from Florida State (By way of Hampton Rodes Virginia) is next.
    The Giants will draft a kicker.

    Now more than ever I think the money situation will cost the Giants some quality football players. It will also rid them of a few what have past their useful prime.

    It starts the reshaping of this team, and the unavoidable step(s) backward.
    It’s all for the best in the long run. And the slide won’t last long.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      I think you’re right. Don’t forget Jernigan. I wasn’t impressed with him at first, but he’s made a couple of plays since and I’m not giving up on him being the slot guy if Cruz leaves. I can see Nicks/Randle with Jernigan in the slot and Hixon for depth at both positions. They’ll add to this core through the draft.

  3.  vin2485 says:

    ok i am a bradshaw fan but he may infact be a cap casuality. and plus how many more years does this man have. 2 at best, so why not move on now we have the peacies we need at the posistion. however, can brown last an entire year.

    Bennett is not a must resign, Eli can turn any TE into a stud so drafting a rookie or using robinson will be as productive

    beatty is the only must sign..

    brown and cruz have no choice but to play this coming year so iam sure th giants front office isnt really listening to thier demands.

    Phillips is not a must sign as a matter a fact he will be taken a walk because stevie brown will be better in another year in this system so he will be fine.

    booth could take a walk as well because the giants will find his replacement in FA or DRAFT.. i expect to see at least 2 new faces on the oline..

    i think of this year as a rebuilding year.. guys like canty, boley, webster, tuck, blackburn, kenny phillips may all be gone or have a lesser role in the system. so this offseason will be a crazy one..

  4.  G-MenFan says:

    The “lots of people hate Eli” gag has become a strawman. The only fans that hate Eli are fans of other teams. Giants fans love Eli. Those that claim to be Giants fans and hate Eli are 2 IQ points away from getting their tongues stuck to a flagpole.

    I was very critical of Eli early on, and so were most fans. But it wasn’t just because of how he was performing at the time. It was that coupled with what the franchise gave up to get him. He’s the most expensive QB the Giants have ever had because of that first-rounder we spent on him, so it stands to reason he had a higher bar.

    But he cleared that bar easily and we’re lucky to have him.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Clearly you don’t visit Giants 101 on Facebook.

      •  G-MenFan says:

        He he, no, I don’t. I avoid Faceplant. I know social media is where it’s at but I’m antisocial. And like I said, if they’re bashing Eli and they’re Giants fans…they’re not the brightest crayons in the box.

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