Eli Manning Showing that Winning is Most Important

By Andrew Fisher
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a terribly disappointing 2012 campaign, the New York Giants find themselves needing to get back to their winning ways. There’s no reason why they should have missed the playoffs a year ago, but it happened. The team was inconsistent, and ultimately didn’t get hot at the right time like they have in year’s past. It was a perplexing year, to say the least.

Fans shouldn’t worry though, Eli Manning is still the quarterback, and the Giants will be back. However, one player’s future has become uncertain – Victor Cruz. The receiver is a restricted free agent, and it’s possible he could play for another team in 2013.

The Giants have placed a tender on him, but most fans just want him to sign a new deal. Apparently, Manning feels the same.

“I want Victor back with the Giants. I check the papers every morning to make sure no one else has offered him a contract. It is nerve-wracking. He is anxious. He has been dealing with this contract issue for a long time, last year and into this year. I know he wants to get this settled and get back to playing football, and just worrying about that.”

Manning also indicated to the New York Daily News that he’s open to restructuring his current deal, if it would help the team re-sign Cruz.

This is great news for fans of the G-Men. If your best player is willing to take a pay cut to help keep the team’s second best player on the roster, it points to ‘winning’ as the ultimate goal. This is the way it should be. Far too often in today’s sports culture we see athletes act selfishly and sign the largest deal they can get their hands on.

It’s reassuring to know that Manning’s focus is on winning another Super Bowl, and not about his annual salary. Clearly, any reasonable restructure is still going to leave Eli filthy rich.

Manning has come along way from his days of pouting after being selected No. 1 in the 2004 draft, and it looks like his maturity has hit a new level.


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