It’s hard to believe that Eli Manning is already in his 10th season as quarterback of the New York Giants. When looking back, it feels like only yesterday that he was traded from the San Diego Chargers to Big Blue, where he would initially sit behind Kurt Warner to learn, only to be thrust into the New York spotlight against the Philadelphia Eagles (and then the Atlanta Falcons).
But time flies when you’re having fun and winning championships, and it’s for that reason Manning thinks he could continue playing this game for another 8-10 years.
“Yeah, I think, yeah,” Manning told Newsday. “I love what I’m doing. I love training camp. I love the working-out aspects. I love the practice. I love winning games. Those are exciting things. So as of right now, I don’t ever see that getting old or getting tired.”
Of course, saying you’ll play that long and actually playing that long are two entirely different things. But for the man who hasn’t missed a single start (knock on wood), it’s easier to look ahead and see yourself doing what so few have done before you.
“I don’t know what my body will feel like in eight years, or what a game or a practice feels like afterward,” he said. “Obviously, the game of football can quickly be taken away from you, and I understand that. There is a need to focus on that next year and making sure you give it your all that year.”
What immediately comes to mind for us here at Giants 101 is you readers. Sure, there’s no questioning your desire to see another 10 years of non-losing seasons with Manning at the helm, but could you handle another 10 years of “Poor Eli Manning” columns?
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