The San Diego Chargers had taken Eli Manning with the first pick, but Manning wasn't playing for San Diego, so the Giants swooped in to make a deal to land the younger brother of Peyton Manning and in exchange, sent their draft choice, Philip Rivers, their third round pick (Nate Kaeding) and their first round pick in 2005 (Shawne Merriman).
The Giants were criticized for giving up too much to land Manning on draft day, but all of that criticism came to an end the night the Giants won Super Bowl XLII over the undefeated New England Patriots, Manning won the Super Bowl MVP award. Four years later, Manning lead the Giants again to win Super Bowl XLVI over the same Patriots and again, Manning won his second Super Bowl MVP award.
Despite the fact that Manning is responsible for two of the Giants four Super Bowl victories in team history, a lot of fans and media members seemed to forget all about that last season when the Giants and Manning had their worst season since his rookie year in 2004 and it's even got to the point where some people think that the 33-year-old is in a decline and the Giants should start to look for their next quarterback and prepare for life after Manning.
One person however, does not feel that way at all, which is Giants co-owner John Mara, who told the media on Friday, which was 10 years and one day after the team traded to get their franchise quarterback, that he still believes in Maning and still sees a lot of great football in him with the team.
“We still believe he’s got a lot of years left in him,” Mara said. “And we’re not talking like Eli Manning only has one or two more years left. We think he’s got quite a few more left.”
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