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Denver Broncos’ Wes Welker to New York Giants’ Eli Manning: “I’m Just Glad I’m not Playing You”

January 31st, 2014 at 8:00 AM
By Dan Benton

For Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Super Bowl XLVIII represents a major change-of-pace. Rather than looking across the field and seeing a Manning on the other side, he goes into Sunday knowing knowing a Manning has his back. And as he told New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning earlier this week, that's a damn good feeling … because he really is tired of losing to Easy E.

“I saw Eli, and I just told him, I was like, ‘I’m just glad I’m not playing you,’” Welker said earlier this week. “I definitely don’t want him out there.”

Whether you're a fan of the Giants or even the New England Patriots, it's not difficult to understand why Welker is glad this Super Bowl is Eli-less. In each of his past two trips to the Big Game — Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI — it was Eli who led the Giants down the field for the game-winning score.

“Losing [a Super Bowl], it’s heartbreaking,” he added. “It definitely sticks with you and really motivates you for the future. I’m grateful to have the opportunity again.”

Now with a new team and another opportunity, Welker has been able to move on from those two soul-crushing losses and their aftermath — which saw Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, publicly blame him for at least one game-changing dropped pass.

“You know what? I don’t even think about it,” he said of her onslaught. “The past is the past, what happened, happened and I’m just looking forward to this one, going out there and playing my best game and doing what I can to help my team win.”

While he may not see Eli Manning on the other sideline come this Sunday, what he will see is one of the NFL's toughest, hardest hitting and most dominant defenses in many years. Luckily for him, they do not have the two-time Super Bowl MVP at their helm who is almost assured of that final game-winning drive — in the event it's necessary, of course.

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3 Responses to “Denver Broncos’ Wes Welker to New York Giants’ Eli Manning: “I’m Just Glad I’m not Playing You””

  1.  GOAT56 says:

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    GOAT56 says:
    January 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM
    Personally I have always felt much of memorabilia was fake. Unless it’s something actually taken off in front of you how do you really know?

    JPP’s comment makes me think that maybe losing Tuck is worth it because it will force JPP to step up. Maybe he’s deferring to Tuck in someways or just relying on him too much. Sometimes you need to let a vet go for a younger guy to feel comfortable enough to step into a leadership role. It might be kind of like what happened Eli and Tiki/Shockey. Though Tuck is a positive type of guy JPP might need him to go to really step up. We all know it should be on JPP’s back if Tuck stays or not so there’s an issue if JPP doesn’t feel the same.

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    Krow says:
    January 31, 2014 at 7:08 AM
    In this … the salary cap era … every team is vulnerable to losing key players if someone is willing to overpay for them. Usually there are a few desperate teams grasping at straws … and a couple more teams who are solid, but figure they’re “one player away”. If they target your guy then it’s over … he’s gone … and you can’t really blame them.

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    •  GOAT56 says:

      When you look at the free agent DEs and factor in age Tuck is not as highly ranked as most here would assume. Then you also recall how DEs last year struggled to get big pay days and I see Tuck staying as affordable. I think he ends up with an Osi level contract.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    F55 -

    With Nicks now the issue is we don’t know what he will be in the future. There’s a large part of me that’s scarred he will become the old Nicks in another uniform. But I think we can only bet so much given our other needs on the old nicks returning and therefore another team likely out bids us. This reminds me in some ways with Pitt and Plax though I do think we make an offer for Nicks. While it wouldn’t surprise me if Nicks had a Plax like impact for another team I think just like Pitt we will be fine and find ways to use that money to better our team overall. Maybe there’s some type of happy middle we can reach with Nicks but I just doubt that’s the case. The old Nicks would be a great fit with this offense.

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