Opposing voice: Mario ready to be super

October, 10, 2012
10/10/12
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mario Manningham sounds elated to be in San Francisco.

"Oh, man, I couldn't ask for a better team," Manningham said. "[Couldn't ask for] better teammates, better coaching staff, equipment managers, everybody else. Everybody over here is real cool, and down to earth."

During a conference call with New York reporters, Manningham was upbeat and is excited to play against his former Giants teammates on Sunday. He also may be joined by former Giant Brandon Jacobs, who was scheduled to practice on Wednesday, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

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"I'm going to go and play my butt off," Manningham said. "Do I have a grudge? No. But am I motivated? Yeah. I am motivated by every game, especially this game. Who wouldn't be motivated by their old team?"

Manningham -- one of the heroes of Super Bowl XLVI -- said he has been in contact with Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw but he hasn't discussed football with his old mates. He sounded perplexed about the idea that "he's already talking" as cornerback Prince Amukamara said he heard earlier in the week.

"I talked to Hakeem for like two hours after our game," Manningham said. "We talk back and forth. Ain't nobody going to say their team is going to lose. So, I wouldn't expect that to come out his mouth, you know what I'm saying? I don't even know what you're talking about, about that Prince stuff. We'll see on Sunday, though."

Manningham did say that he teased Bradshaw about his 200-yard game against Cleveland last Sunday.

"I told him, 'You are trying to make up for when we play you all, huh?'" Manningham said. "Just playing with him and stuff and joking around with him. He said, 'Yeah right.' I know he is going to be ready. I bet you four-four is going to be ready."

Manningham said he does plan on sharing everything he knows about the Giants with the 49ers.

"Oh yeah, no question," he said. "I talk to the DBs and talk to my teammates and let them know to give them heads up on what is going to happen here. Things like that.

"I know what is going on," Manningham continued. "Yeah, I share it with them."

Manningham doesn't hold any ill feelings toward the Giants and understands the business and why they did not make an effort to re-sign him in free agency.

So far, Manningham has 19 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown in five games for the Niners. He scored his lone touchdown last week against Buffalo.

"It worked out more than I thought it was going to work out," Manningham said of his role with the Niners. "I am just glad to be blessed to be in this situation. I left a good team and went to a good team."

And he hopes that he will be able to add to his Super Bowl ring collection with San Francisco.

"I just tell my ring to try to hold tight, I hope another one comes near you, that's all," Manningham said. "Try to wipe the dust off it. I got it hidden right now."

Of course, he knows his old team will do everything it can to stand in his way.

"I know they are going to be ready," Manningham said. "I know how they roll over there."

Tell us if you guys miss Mario and how do you think he will do on Sunday below.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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