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Eli Manning will never change but our expectations should
God bless him.
As Eli Manning confronts an uncertain 2019 on the last year of his contract the very day that Dwayne Haskins visits 1925 Giants Drive, he chooses to see light at the end of the tunnel that I can only see as an oncoming train.
The faces around Manning have changed, and changed hard and fast, but the face of the franchise dutifully remains a smile instead of a frown. As he knows it must.
“I think we’re heading in the right direction,” Manning said.
God bless Eli Manning.
Whose glass, even now on the 18th green, is forever half-full.
But this isn’t the way anyone should want Manning’s legendary Giants career to end, Last Mann Standing on a rebuilding-on-the-fly outfit, asked to hold the fort for his successor for however long, answering to what sounded more on Monday like an inquisition targeting a subject on trial.
He hasn’t won enough since Super Bowl XLVI, he is 38 years old and is not Tom Brady.
He no longer has Odell Beckham Jr. to take a slant to the house, and because there is often no sentiment in pro sports, even part of his adoring fan base would like to thank him for the memories and wish he would pass the torch sooner rather than later.
He remains the quarterback of the Giants for reasons more financial than emotional, but also because until his last football breath he will be a living example of what Giants Pride should mean, and how a true professional goes about his business. In weeks when they play on Sunday, there is no one better from Monday through Saturday.