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Time for Sanchez to prove he's for real

QB must rise above the criticism -- and show he can become a Big Apple superstar

Updated: December 31, 2011, 8:47 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- He was all but drafted off a Hollywood set, this quarterback out of Southern California and Central Casting, so it came as no surprise that Mark Sanchez wanted the big city and bright lights.

Only now Sanchez has been burned by those lights for the first time. Beaten by Eli Manning's team, threatened by Peyton Manning's potential availability, Sanchez is very much a passer on the run, a struggling hopeful trying desperately to keep what he calls a dream job.

But ...

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