New York Giants: David Tyree talks Super Bowl 42, Eli Manning, Golden Tate

New York Giants, David Tyree

David Tyree’s name hits home for New York Giants fans because of this:

Tyree’s helmet catch in the Giants’ Super Bowl 42 matchup with the New England Patriots was the heart of a game-winning drive, capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress with 0:35 remaining.

In an interview that will shown Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and rebroadcasted at 11:30 p.m. on the “MSG 150 at Home,” Tyree calls his mesmerizing catch the “monumental moment.”

“For me, it’s this moment that I call the monumental moment. It’s always something that I can go back to and celebrate with fans and teammates. And to be a part of history is pretty monumental. It’s amazing.”

Tyree appreciates the “journey and evolution” of his former quarterback.

“I think what I appreciate is the journey and evolution of Eli Manning. When you’re drafted #1 overall, the expectations are extremely high. When you think about the legacy attached to the name and the many shoes he had to walk into, especially coming into New York City. And what I appreciate is that it wasn’t all roses when he first stepped into New York. But he just worked. He was consistent, he was full of integrity and he was full of character. He was the best teammate I think any of us ever played with throughout our years. He never spoke ill of his teammates. He was very true to himself and he improved and matured into a Hall of Fame quarterback.”

The Giants selected Tyree in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Syracuse University. Across five seasons with the Giants he totaled 54 receptions, 650 yards and four touchdowns. In Super Bowl 42, he totaled three receptions, 43 yards and a touchdown.

Fast forward to 2020, and the Giants wide receiving corps is headlined by veterans Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard and soon-to-be second-year player Darius Slayton.

Tyree thinks Tate, 31, has “more in the tank.”

“I love Golden Tate. I’ll just say that right now. He’s definitely got more in the tank.”

Tate finished 2019 with 49 receptions, 676 yards and six touchdowns across 11 games. He was suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Tate is entering the second season of a four-year, $37.5 million contract with the Giants.

New York Giants: Victor Cruz expects Daniel Jones to become a ‘leader’

New York Giants, Victor Cruz

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones turned some heads in his rookie season. Across 13 games, 12 of which were starts, he threw for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 61.9 percent of his passes and posting an 87.7 quarterback rating. Jones also ran for 279 yards and two touchdowns.

The Giants are going into their first full season with Jones under center, as Eli Manning announced his retirement in January.

In an interview with NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano, former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said that he thinks Jones can become a “leader” in his sophomore season (quotes via Giants.com’s Matt Citak).

“Just continuing to build on the leadership qualities he already has,” Cruz said when asked what comes next in Jones’ development. “I think obviously, coming in on another year without Eli Manning being there, he can actually feel like the leader, be himself and start to bring these guys under his leadership. I think that’s the biggest thing he has to fulfill this year.”

“Yes, the stuff on the field will kind of take care of itself. He’ll make the plays, he’ll make the decisions that he needs to make, I think, in order to be successful… Daniel Jones, this will be the year where he starts to build his own leadership with his guys.”

As Citak mentions, Manning said back in May that he thinks his departure will help Jones this season.

“I think it will be easier this year for him to kind of step up as that leader,” Manning said. “Last year was probably awkward for him, me being there, me being in meeting rooms and just kind of the whole dynamic. Me being gone and, hey, he is the quarterback, he is the guy, for him to have that control and the authority over receivers and offensive line.”

The New York Giants selected Jones with the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Duke University.

Eli Manning wins the Pro Football Writers of America’s Good Guy Award

Eli Manning, New York Giants

It has been a wonderful week for newly retired New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. After receiving news that he would be having his college jersey retired at Ole Miss, his alma mater, it was announced on Tuesday that Manning would be recognized as the 16th recipient of the Pro Football Writers of America’s Good Guy Award for his second-to-none professionalism and cooperation with the media throughout his sixteen-year career.

The Good Guy Award is an annual award that’s given to an NFL player who displays an admirable and top-notch relationship with the media, which can be a challenging thing to do. Manning has been repeatedly praised for his respectful behavior and kind attitude towards the New York/New Jersey media, which is widely considered to be arguably the toughest media market in sports. The fact that Manning was able to maintain his composure and class through the good moments and the bad for so long is truly remarkable.

There have been countless times when Manning has been portrayed negatively by the media, but not once did Manning ever fold or succumb to the headlines. He always managed to remain a class act and answer every last question reporters asked him, no matter how difficult the question may have been. Manning joins Tiki Barber, who won the award in 2006, as the second Giant to earn this achievement.

PFWA President and Newsday NFL columnist Bob Glauber, who covered Manning over the course of his entire career, had this to say about the Giants legend: “Eli Manning exemplified professionalism with the media since his rookie season in 2004, and he did so in the league’s largest market. Eli often spoke of the example set by his father, and being around Archie Manning was certainly a great way to learn about being around the media. Even so, playing in New York has unique pressures that Eli dealt with consistently and fairly. Media sessions at his locker would often start with as many as 50 reporters, photographers and camera operators, but he answered every last question – even when only one reporter was left. A pro’s pro.”

If there was one athlete, no matter the sport, who you should model your relationship with the media after, regardless of where you play, it’s without question, Eli Manning. He was the definition of a pro’s pro and a class act in the world’s toughest market for nearly two decades, and Manning will forever be remembered for it just as much as he’ll be remembered for his many achievements on the field.

Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning has jersey retired by Ole Miss

New York Giants, Eli Manning

Retirement has treated former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning well, as the golf course greens seem to be plastered with golf balls hit by him and his brothers. Manning has remained active in the community and even joined Twitter to voice his opinions and have some fun with Tom Brady.

However, the legendary quarterback who won two Super Bowl’s back in 2007 and 2010 is still on his retirement tour. Recently, Ole Miss University, Eli’s alma mater, elected to retire his number and jersey permanently. This heartwarming video details the moment he found out about the honor.

His fantastic career in college led him to be the number one overall selection by the San Diego chargers in 2004. However, we all know the story of what went down, as Eli forced his way to the Giants, and went on to win two Super Bowls and record several historical accolades in the process.

With Eli spending more time with his family and taking time off from football, he is living the life of a normal dad. However, he will return eventually, whether it is to coach high school football or make his way back to the pros.

“I learned I don’t want to be in coaching. I don’t like it. I don’t like doing that aspect.”

While Eli might not enjoy coaching, he could join his brother Peyton in the booth as a commentator. Wouldn’t it be fun to watch the two battle it out in a game of dry humor? According to Eli’s teammates, he’s quite the jokester and has pulled off some illustrious pranks in the past.

Former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen detailed one prank Eli always loved to exercise:

An ESPN the Magazine story noted that “one of Peyton’s and Eli’s favorite pranks is stealing cell phones and changing the interface language to Spanish or French.” “The worst part,” says Jared Lorenzen, Eli’s former backup, “is that you have to know Spanish to figure out how to change it back.”

Classic Eli.

New York Giants: Eli Manning Recognized On ESPN NFC East All-Decade Team

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It’s the first year in a very long time where Eli Manning won’t be the starting quarterback for the New York Giants. Manning finally retired following last season and has yet to decide on a future role, if any, in the sport of football. However, the former Giants quarterback has definitely left his mark, and his impact over the years has been shown again when ESPN listed Manning as the quarterback on their NFC East all-decade team for the 2010s.

QB: Eli Manning, Giants, 2004-19
RB: LeSean McCoy, Eagles, 2009-14
RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, 2016-present
WR: Odell Beckham Jr., Giants, 2014-18
WR: Dez Bryant, Cowboys, 2010-17
T: Tyron Smith, Cowboys, 2011-present
G: Brandon Brooks, Eagles, 2016-present
C: Travis Frederick, Cowboys, 2013-19
G: Zack Martin, Cowboys, 2014-present
T: Jason Peters, Eagles, 2009-19
TE: Jason Witten, Cowboys, 2003-17, 2019

When it comes to the offensive players, there’s two Giants that made the list – Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. Only one of those players, of course, spent his entire career with the Giants.

While there are competing names that have performed well at quarterback in the division during the 2010s, the decision to list Manning above the rest of them ultimately makes sense. Manning did win a Super Bowl during the decade, which is bigger than what Cowboys quarterbacks Tony Romo or Dak Prescott have achieved. And while Carson Wentz led the Eagles during their Super Bowl season for most of the year, it was Nick Foles that won the actual game.

As mentioned by the article, Manning is also the only player on the Giants to win a Super Bowl during the decade and continue playing until the end of it.

It’s for that reason, among others, that Manning’s retirement is so significant. The Giants finally moved on from their longtime starter, yes. But beyond that, the last holdout from the last championship run has been removed.

In Manning’s absence, it’s up to the current group of players led by Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones to make new history and bring the franchise back to the heights it formerly reached.

New York Giants: What Would A Return To Football Look Like For Eli Manning?

Eli Manning, New York Giants

The New York Giants said goodbye to one of their franchise’s heroes recently. Legendary quarterback Eli Manning retired in 2020 after sixteen seasons in the NFL. Manning led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories during his career and never missed a game due to injury. He will go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear a Giants uniform. It was tough to say goodbye to this iconic player, but that goodbye could turn into a “see you soon.”

Eli Manning has expressed interest in returning to football. No, not as a quarterback, but in some other capacity. Giants co-owner John Mara also expressed interest in bringing Manning back into the organization to fulfill another role. But what would Eli Manning’s return to football look like?

Could Eli Become A Coach?

Eli Manning is interested in being a coach- not a football coach. Manning is interested in coaching his daughter’s third-grade basketball team. But what about coaching football? Eli does not have any interest in that, stating: “I learned I don’t want to be in coaching. I don’t like it. I don’t like doing that aspect.”

So that can be crossed off the list. Eli’s future role with the Giants will not be a coaching gig, barring anything unforeseen. I personally think Eli would make an excellent quarterback coach, but if that’s not what he wants to do then he shouldn’t do it.

If Not Coaching, Then What?

A far more likely role for Eli Manning places him in sports media. Eli’s role could one day be as a commentator for ESPN’s Monday Night Football alongside his brother Peyton Manning. But, even more likely than that, Eli could join Giants.com alongside former teammate Shaun O’Hara. The former Giants center, Shaun O’Hara, has stayed involved with the Giants on their website as a media personality.

How cool would it be to watch Manning and O’Hara team up again to break down some Giants film together? This would mean that Manning is again an employee of the New York Giants. Giants fans would love this, John Mara would love this, and Giants players would love this. Eli could interview the likes of Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard, his former teammates.

Eli Manning joining Twitter was an exciting moment for Giants fans. His return to football will be exciting too. Hopefully Manning joins the media next season and blesses us with plenty more hilarious, classic, Eli moments.

New York Giants: Eli Manning To Be Honored At The Jay Fund’s 2020 Champions For Children Gala

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The New York Giants‘ very own former-head coach Tom Coughlin is an admiral man who serves as president of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund. The Jay Fund has worked hard over the last 25 years to help families with children battling cancer. The foundation features three annual signature fundraising events. In the fall, The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund hosts its annual Champions for Children Gala in New York City.

Each year, the Champions for Children Gala honors cancer patients, philanthropists, and celebrities committed to tackling childhood cancer. The foundation recognizes specific individuals who have worked hard to fight for this cause each year as special honorees. These honorees are inducted into the Champions for Children Hall of Fame.

In 2020, the Champions for Children Gala will feature three honorees: James Dune III (Vice Chairman & Senior Managing Principal, Piper Sandler Companies), Lesa France Kennedy (Executive Vice Chair, NASCAR), and Eli Manning (former New York Giants quarterback and 2x Super Bowl Champion).

Eli Manning: Champions for Children Gala Hall Of Famer

Eli Manning wrapped up a historic sixteen-year career with the New York Giants in 2020. The Giants legend led the team to two Super Bowl victories, earning the honors of Super Bowl MVP in both of the championship games. Manning, a fantastic philanthropist who works with numerous charitable foundations, will have another accomplishment to add to his list in 2020. Eli Manning will be inducted into the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund’s Champions for Children Hall of Fame.

It should not be news to anyone that Manning is a hard-working philanthropist. Eli is a winner of the NFL’s most prestigious off-field award, being named the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year (along with Larry Fitzgerald). NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell referred to the award as the NFL’s “highest honor.” According to Giants.com, “Manning was also named the Giants’ Man of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. He was one of the three finalists for the Man of the Year award in 2015, when the award went to wide receiver Anquan Boldin.” Eli was the first player in the history of the New York Giants to win the award.

“Championing causes that involve children has always been a priority for Manning, and that goal has intensified now that he is the father of three young daughters.

Manning is a fervent champion for causes involving children. He has served as the Chair of the New York March for Babies for the past eight years, joining thousands of New Yorkers in the walk in support of March of Dimes. Providing additional access for top sponsors, engaging donors and raising awareness of the organization’s platform, Manning’s efforts with March for Babies helped raise more than $25 million over the past seven years.” – via Giants.com in 2017

Eli Manning will join elite company in 2020 as an honoree at the Champions for Children Gala. Manning will join the likes of Justin Tuck (2018), Steve Sabol (2011), Ann Mara (2008), and many other great philanthropists as a Champions for Children Hall of Famer. You can check out the full list of Hall of Famers here.

Congratulations, Eli Manning, and thank you for all you do. You are a consistent role model at all times and your incredible work off the football field is what makes you the true legend that you are. Thank you for always being a class act and using your platform to fight for important causes.

New York Giants’ legend Eli Manning creates a Twitter, joins social media for first time

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It has finally happened, New York Giants legend Eli Manning has joined social media. After 16 seasons as an NFL player, Manning officially decided to join Twitter after his retirement. This is a good time to join the underworld of sports, a place that routinely thrashes and bolsters players’ platforms.

Manning has always been a quiet player and person, lying beneath the shadows to preserve his mental state and remain focused on what is most important to him – – winning. Manning has gained over 57,000 yards in his career and 366 total touchdowns. He’s a two time Super Bowl champion and MVP, and while his career didn’t end on the best of terms, he can walk away knowing he will be remembered forever in Giants’ history.

So, what does this mean for Manning on Twitter and what should we expect from the witty quarterback? As most likely expect, Manning will utilize his platform for the good of the community and society. This is a perfect time for him to reach out to the millions of people that know his name and story. He brings a positive light to a community that is suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. His work and love for New York are unparalleled and I imagine his presence on social media will attest to that.

An inside look at how Giants’ Daniel Jones felt with Eli Manning in the room in 2019

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones opened up about Eli Manning being benched in 2019 and what the feeling was like:

The 2019 season was built around the idea that Eli Manning had one more successful campaign in his bones. Co-owner John Mara wanted to give Manning the exit he deserved, allowing him to remain the starter for one final season before eventually replacing him with a young quarterback. This was an everlasting problem the Giants had faced as they contemplated committing fully to a rebuild.

General manager Dave Gettleman tried to scoot around the concept of a rebuild by drafting Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in 2018. He stated they would attempt to win while rebuilding, which ultimately was a flawed plan and forced them to hit the restart button after just one year. The hope was that Manning could retain his spot as the everyday starter at quarterback and the New York Giants could retool a roster that had voids across-the-board.

Ultimately, they were unable to do so and resorted to drafting Daniel Jones out of Duke in 2019. This made things a bit awkward for Jones in the locker room, especially after Manning was benched in week three after two consecutive losses to open the season. Jones took over and immediately won two games, starting his career on a high note and putting Manning in the rearview mirror. Jones ended up missing two games later on the season to give Eli a chance at exiting on a high note. He eventually overcame a lowly Miami Dolphins team that allowed him to walk into the sunset.

However, a year of ups and downs at the position left an uncomfortable feeling in Jones’ mind at times.

He stated on a Zoom call with media members on Wednesday:

“Looking back there was definitely .. probably a little bit awkward at times, certain times,” Jones said. “But we did a good job working together. I know I enjoyed working with him and certainly learned a ton from him and appreciate everything he did during that year.”

The class video of Eli and Daniel playing flip-cup a Hoboken bar leaves us with glowing memories of the two, but that didn’t mean the quarterback’s room wasn’t awkward and tumultuous at times in a year that was supposed to be Eli’s.

Manning stated after officially retiring, via Sirius XM NFL Radio:

“I think it will be easier this year for him to kind of step up as that leader,’’ Manning said. “Last year was probably awkward for him, me being there, me being in meeting rooms and just kind of the whole dynamic. Me being gone and, hey, he is the quarterback, he is the guy, for him to have that control and the authority over receivers and offensive line.

Things will be different for Jones in the future, as he will be the commanding officer in the room at all times (player-wise), and Manning thinks he’s ready for the job.

New York Giants: Eli Manning To Return To Football… But Not As An NFL Coach

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Retired New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning intends to come back to football at some point in the future, but fans shouldn’t expect to see him on the sidelines with the Giants as a coach. Manning spoke about his intentions on a conference call recently, and revealed intentions to come back after taking a year off – something that, with the sports industry being shut down at the moment, seems well timed.

When sports finally does come back, though, and when Manning is finally in football again, it doesn’t seem like his new role will be in high level coaching unless something changes. It was said for some time that Manning didn’t have interest in being a coach, and now, Manning himself has said as much.

“I know one thing: I don’t want to be an NFL coach. I’ve seen what our coaches do and the hours they put in, and I enjoy being with my family and enjoy coaching some of their sports teams,” Manning stated. That of course, leaves open the chance that Manning may not end up in another highly public role at all, instead choosing to focus on youth sports. He did, after all, say that one of the possibilities was coaching a high school team.

“Football is my love and passion. It is all I’ve known for the last 25 years and all I’ve been doing. I don’t think I can stray too far away from that. I’d like to hope to do something with the Giants, stay involved with them. I probably need a little break right now just because it’s so new. So I’m going to take a little time, enjoy some family time, but I assume I’ll be jumping back into football in some way,” Manning continued.

Manning also said that announcing is a possibility. Due to his style of play, which relied on intelligence rather than athleticism in an age where athletic quarterbacks were becoming increasingly common, some kind of analysis role seems like a natural fit.

It looks like fans will have to wait until next year to find out the next step for Manning, but after such a long career with the Giants, most would believe that things feel more natural with Manning back in the sport that he’s been linked with for the past couple of decades.