Eli Manning is one of the most famous players for the New York Giants. He has led the team notorious for lackluster performances to the playoffs on multiple occasions. With two Super Bowl wins and two Super Bowl MVPs, he gave Giants fans plenty to rejoice and celebrate. However as he rose in age he was no longer able to do the things he was used to, Eli was unable to play at a high level as injuries had overwhelmed him.
The quarterback was a major concern and had to be replaced by a rookie quarterback in his final season Daniel Jones. This ended his time with the Giants and closed the curtain on his NFL career. It must be a tough sight to be such a legendary player and watch a rookie with no credentials replace you. Eli Manning revealed how he felt when Daniel replaced him as a starter on Cam Newton’s podcast.
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“That’s life sometimes”: Eli Manning on Daniel Jones replacing him
Eli talked about how he dealt with the Giants when they drafted Daniel, he knew the team was trying to build for the future and he had next. “I think after dealing with having an older brother (Peyton Manning) and sort of following in those footsteps and just understanding what got me into this situation and what led to success early on was, ‘ I would work hard, I wanted to be committed and do whatever it took to get out there and be successful.’ If it didn’t work out, that’s life sometimes.” explained Eli. He only cared about things that were under his control and being used to being overlooked and having previously been in situations that put him under tremendous pressure, he didn’t sweat.
“It wasn’t because I didn’t give my all. I had no problem, I knew they drafted Daniel, I would work but I’ll treat him like I’ve treated every other QB that’s been in that room and we’ll talk about football and I like to do that . I’ll give the opportunity to start, I know I have to make a difference in those first few games, if we don’t then so be it. I worked hard, prepared and did what I wanted.” Manning said and mentioned that he never thought too much about the results, just put in the work and got the job done. He understood that Daniel was there since he was the future and by treating him with respect and being there for him Eli would help the team instead of being rude and creating a scene in the locker room.
“I told him in the quarterback room, ‘I’m not going to embarrass this.’ “We still have 4 months, we will hang out with each other every day. That’s not fair to you, that’s not fair to me, that’s not fair to Coach (Don) Shula.’ I can handle it, I’m a big boy and if you need anything (I’m here). I’m still friends with Daniel, I saw him yesterday. I tell him every time, ‘I won’t bother you, I won’t be the guy to text you or give you advice, but if you need anything, I’m here for you.’ Eli Manning closed.
The duo seem very close now, Eli has told Daniel he’s available if he needs to talk about anything. Although Eli has a very introverted personality, he has always been a team player. Because of this character, no teammate has ever complained about his personality or claimed he has an ego complex.
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