Eli Manning, the Rodney Dangerfield of NFL quarterbacks, has admitted he is addicted to winning Super Bowls and that’s a good thing. Talking with Brandon Steiner in a podcast posted May 5th, the New York Giants‘ quarterback was quoted as saying: “That’s the thing about championships – once you experience one or two, you never get satisfied.” The 2013 NFL season will be Manning’s ninth year as a Giant, and in that time he has started 137 consecutive games for the past eight seasons and won two Super Bowl MVPs.
Last year people were questioning his arm strength mid-season, but Manning is the unquestioned leader of the team in and out of the huddle and the face of the franchise. He told Steiner in the podcast: “No one talks in the huddle. That’s rule one…I have to use some choice words, sometimes.” Manning has often had to address questions in the media about his laid back demeanor, which many sports writers have questioned being appropriate for such a high profile NFL position.
True to form, after Ryan Nassib was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round, Manning called the former Syracuse quarterback to welcomed him to the team. Speaking at a recent fundraising event for the March of Dimes as quoted in nj.com, Manning addressed the Giants’ selection: “I think it’s always good to have a good quarterback to come in and learn and be prepared. You never know what happens in this league.” The bottom line is Manning doesn’t get the respect he deserves as the soft spoken quarterback for the Giants because he doesn’t fit the traditional NFL stereotype. But I’m fine with that just so long as he keeps winning.