Believe Eli Manning
The beginning of the pre-season and just before winning Super Bowl XXXXVI, quarterback . Some laughed, many scoffed, but most just thought he was confident in his abilities, as confident as any professional athlete should be, but horribly mistaken. A short six months later, everyone is singing a new tune.
I too believe Eli Manning to be elite, but I was always a believer. Last season, with a new, rearranged offensive line, revamped receiver corp, and newfound pressure of letting his talent and his tongue speak, Eli made it happen. What did he make happen?!
Eli made GM Jerry Reese look like a phenomenal executive, when just a few short months earlier, Giants fans were calling for his head after letting Kevin Boss, and Steve Smith go and not resigning Plaxico Burress. Eli made the Giants give coach Tom Coughlin an extension, when just a few short months earlier, Giants fans were calling for his head (stop me if you heard this already.) Eli also made Victor Cruz a household name, the Giants Super Bowl four-time Champions, himself a two time Super Bowl MVP and the world believers in his talents!
So, say what you want about his demeanor and disposition. What no one will be able to question is his ability to lead. Eli is Elite! The world knows it, even if credit isn’t given as it should, which suits Eli just fine.
As the Jets dominate the preseason back pages, winning and improving is all that Eli seems to care about. Will the Hall of Fame be knocking? If the past is any indicator of the future, there’s no question in my mind. I also think its safe to say that way back in 2004, Giants brass got it right by trading all that they did to land the Giants the franchise quarterback that they so desperately wanted and needed. A true leader and so much more than the other two qbs in his class, Rivers and Roethlisberger. Eli not only matches Big Ben in SB rings, he surpasses him in SB MVP trophies and lags behind him in SB appearances (Eli 2-0, Ben 2-1) and lags behind Ben greatly in embarrassing moments (rape charge) and foolish, costly mistakes (see rape charge and motorcycle accident.) As for Rivers, well, you can’t win a Super Bowl if you don’t get to play in the game.
I’m not much of a singer, but if I were, I would join Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and sing, ” I believe in Eli!” After last year’s remarkable run, I don’t think I would be singing alone.
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