San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham once again finds himself at the Super Bowl, although unlike last year, he'll be forced to sit this one out due to injury. Still, the former New York Giants third-round pick managed to hobble himself to Media Day on Tuesday, where a sea of reporters awaited anxiously. Naturally, one of the premiere topics for discussion was his amazing catch in Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots.
To this point, it's the moment that defines Manningham's NFL career. It's one that many would embrace – after all, every athlete on earth would like to come up big in the biggest moment of their professional careers. And Super Mario did just that. Unfortunately, instead of it being a grand memory that he loves to relive, it's become tiresome and, for whatever reason, a sore spot for the former Wolverine.
"I’m tired of talking about it, for real," Manningham said. "If you see David Tyree, ask him, is he tired of people talking about [his catch in Super Bowl XLII]?"
As it turns out, Tyree isn't tired of talking about his catch in Super Bowl XLII and embraces it as the moment that defines his NFL career. Why Manningham refuses to do the same is unclear, but his message was heard by the media: no more talking about what some dubbed "The Catch II."
Talking about his former team, however; well, that remained opened for discussion. And Manningham acknowledged they could have been incredible dangerous had they made the playoffs.
"I wish them nothing but the best, but I'd rather us be in this position than them," he said.
Manningham has always been a bit of an odd character, so his disdain for discussing "The Catch II" isn't all that surprising. And while it may be a bit odd, especially given its significance, the veteran wideout appears to want a larger body of work to define him, and one can hardly blame him for that. But he should be counting his blessings because prior to that catch it was his Wonderlic score that defined him. Wonder if he wants to talk about that instead?
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