NY Giants Quarterback
Eli Manning occupies a strange place in NFL lore.
On the one hand, he’s not the best football player in his own family. As the younger brother of Peyton Manning, one would expect Eli always would be in his brother’s shadow. On the other hand, he’s got bragging rights at the dinner table during family reunions, since Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings to “only” one for his brother. Maybe that claim-to-fame had more to do with a great pass rush, but Eli made plays in both of those games versus the New England Patriots.
It’s a good thing Eli Manning won those Super Bowls. He walks around the football field with a dull look on his face, one that might look like resignation or stupidity in other circumstances. Before the world titles rolled in, fans complained that Eli wore “a failed look”. If he had played for the Chicago Bears, we might be talking about Smokin’ Eli Manning.
But he didn’t.
Instead, people complain that Eli Manning is the worst NFL quarterback to have won two Super Bowls…which really isn’t a bad position to hold. What can you say…Eli Manning has lived a charmed NFL life. As the New York Giants QB, he sits in the same position which explains why Phil Sims got the job as CBS’s #1 color commentator. It pays to play in New York City.
In 2015, Eli Manning is having a renaissance. With Odell Beckham Jr. as his main target, the big play ability and fantasy football stats are back. Which is why he was one of the first dozen QBs added to this list: he’s a top QB in fantasy stats.
Eli Manning Bio: Stats, News, Bad Comedian
College: Ole Miss Rebels (Mississippi)
Years Pro: 12
Team: New York Giants
Round Drafted: 1st – Pick: 1
Jersey Number: 10
Twitter Page: No official Twitter page
Here are a few Eli Manning quotes, for those wanting to hear more about the players in his own words.
Eli Manning Quotes
I’m not a 25-interception quarterback, I know that.
I try to stay level-headed and it’s always the way I’ve been. Sometimes your personality out in the real world, you want to take that into your sport because that’s where you feel comfortable. You never want to try to do something that’s not you or you don’t feel comfortable doing. That’s where you get in trouble. It’s the only way I’ve played sports and done things. I’m low-key, but I’m very competitive and hate to lose.
Obviously, you want to teach your child between right and wrong, respect and being kind to others, whether it’s their sisters or parents. You try to teach them by example, talk to them and explain certain situations. But there’s also a time to put them in time out or let them know they’ve made a mistake and try to learn from it.
We just have to go after our game plan.
I’m not satisfied. I’m still enjoying this. I still feel like I’m in the best part of my career and I can play at a high level. This is what I love to do: playing football and winning games.
On Playing in New York City
In New York, they like winners. They don’t like second place.
You can’t join a team and give up on it because you lose a few games or things aren’t going well.
No, we believed in ourselves all year. That’s the position you want to be in.
On Being an NFL Quarterback
I try to be a smart quarterback. I’m not the fastest or the best athlete, but if I can know what the defense is doing and stick to my job and what needs to be done I can make the plays needed to move the ball and score.
I’m going to go out and be the best quarterback I can be and get the most out of my potential.
As a quarterback, you try to manage the game. It’s not just throwing the ball. You have to manage the running game and getting out of bad situations and there are a lot of things to it. That’s what I’m trying to do.
On What It Would Be Like to Be a Football Coach
Coaches have the worst hours in the world. They go home maybe twice a week. They’re sleeping in their office. They’re watching film. It’s a brutal, brutal job and that’s why I respect them so much.
On Success in Life
Be committed to whatever you’re doing. That’s something I’ve taken to heart and tried to do with whatever activities I take up.
We don’t mind working hard to be successful. We don’t mind working to be at our best.
Opportunities are running out, and this is the do-or-die situation when the ball is in your hands, and you can either help your team to victory or not. And so I want to be in those situations. I think about them, and almost look forward to them.
On Ole Miss
When I came to Ole Miss, everyone expected me to bring the program back to its glory days. I didn’t want to put that kind of pressure on myself.
On the City of New Orleans
It was a great place to grow up. There were always kids around in our neighborhood. We had a basketball hoop in the back of our house, a little front yard where you could get touch football games going. I know you think of it as a big city, but it was fun for me to grow up in New Orleans. I remember it as a very normal childhood.
On Peyton Manning
It’s rare to have a best friend who is also your brother and also an NFL football player, and he knows exactly what I’m talking about.
My favorite football memory isn’t beating Florida or winning the bowl game. My favorite memories are of playing football with my brothers and my dad in the front yard when I was younger.
I went through that phase where I wanted to almost be different than my brother. Just kind of argued a little louder or if there was a curfew, I always came in a little later than I was supposed to. If it was set for 12, I would come in at 12:45. I would test the limits a little. There was no real reason and I grew out of it, eventually.
I’ve gotten to watch a lot of football games. Growing up, watching sports, watching people compete, whether it’s my brothers or teammates. I grew up observing and taking it all in. It’s kind of my attitude.