Rookies keep rolling in. Odell Beckham has been traded away. The ranks are joined by Absolutely free brokers like Golden Tate. The offensive line is shuffled and hopefully improved.
As the nights and days fly by for the New York Giants, the 38-year-old Eli Manning has seemingly become the constant.
“You take it year by year,” Manning informs nola.com’s Rod Walker at a must-read attribute for Eli lovers and critics alike. “I’ve been blessed moving into my 16th year. That’s been a blessing in itself. I love what I’m doing. I love. You will never know when it’s going to be your final year or any time it is likely to be the end for you, so you attempt to make the most of the years you are here and appreciate every second.”
Fifteen NFL seasons, four Pro Bowls and 2 Super Bowls into a career that some believe will conclude in Canton and others believe has outstayed its welcome, Manning explains that he feels young when it comes to playing and is in no rush to hang up his cleats.
The Giants selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones from the 2019 NFL Draft. Having attracted plenty of comparisons to Manning, Jones is set up to triumph Manning — perhaps sooner than later. But it is Jones and his 2019 class of rookies, just as those before them, that seemingly inspires Manning to remain forever young under centre but reminds him of his age when practices and games conclude.
“In the locker room, I think their era,” Manning explained. “At 8 pm at night, ” I don’t feel their age. I am ready to go to bed and they’re just getting started rocking and rolling. I can not hang and do everything they could do off the field. But on the area, I feel like I can still run with them and they keep me young.”
As has frequently been the tale told by former players, it’s the camaraderie that Manning knows he will miss. Older brother Peyton, one of the greatest the game has ever seen, has imparted that wisdom . Hence, there’s still another reason Manning finds no reason to speed in the aftermath of his playing days.
“I am not rushing to retirement, and Peyton is not telling me to hurry right into it,” the Giants QB explained. “I still love being around the guys and the teammates and playing with this game. I will play it for so long as I believe I could hang with these guys.”
For your Big Blue loyal that is simply concerned with transferring the franchise forward and return to its winning ways, that’s also Manning’s priority and what drives him over anything else. Not to mention his 66 completion percent in 2018 was the best in his profession and his 4,299 yards were his greatest since his last Pro Bowl look in 2015.
“It is such a fantastic feeling in that locker room when you win matches,” he explained. “You want everyone to encounter that. You need those guys who have not won a championship to find that feeling too. This means so much for your loved ones and everyone that has been a part of your soccer career, from your high school coaches to your college coaches. When you win a tournament, everyone wins.”