Monday, July 23, 2012
Very few things bother Eli Manning
By Dan Graziano
Remember how upset a lot of you guys got a few weeks ago when former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer said he thought Tony Romo was a better quarterback than Eli Manning? Yeah, well guess who wasn't upset about it. Eli Manning.
Manning was on the radio in New York on Monday morning, and when asked about Toomer's comments he had some useful life advice to which I'd like certain my Giants-fan readers to pay some attention:
"If you listen to every show or whatever every single person says about me or the Giants and you get defensive about it or it makes you upset, you are going to have some problems," Manning said in a Monday appearance on WFAN radio. "You've got to laugh about it."
"I saw Toomer not too long ago," Manning continued. "I walked up to him and said, 'You know what, I thought Ike Hilliard and those [other receivers] were better Giants receivers than you were. Willie Ponder was probably a better receiver than you were ... some [of the] old guys. Kind of laughed about it instead of getting upset. There's no point. Amani is a good pal of mine and still is."
Yes, it is good to be Eli Manning. No reason to care what anyone else thinks. Total self-assuredness that comes completely naturally and has been reinforced by repeated success at the highest level of his profession. Someone thinks Romo's better? Fine. Let them think what they want to think. Eli's busy deciding which Super Bowl ring to wear out to dinner.
He also blew off Michael Vick's comments about the Eagles being a potential dynasty and said rookie David Wilson is the fastest running back the Giants have had since he's been there. But the thing everybody's been wanting to ask him about is the Toomer thing, and his answer was exactly what you'd expect his answer to be. Manning's not the kind of guy who's worried about pleasing everybody, or about where he stands in other people's rankings. He said last summer that he considered himself elite and then he went and backed it up. This is one of the characteristics that serves Manning so well on the football field, especially in big spots. He's able to focus on what he's doing, to the exclusion of everything else. I admire people who can do that, and not just athletes.