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New York Giants’ Eli Manning “Honored” to Be Named the 41st All-Time Greatest Louisiana Athlete

July 12th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Earlier this week, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was named to the The Times-Picayune's All-Time Top 51 Athletes from Louisiana list, ranking No. 41 overall. He joined former Giants kicker Morten Anderson on the list and wasn't quick to dismiss the honor. Rather, Manning, who was speaking from the annual Manning Passing Academy, said he was honored to be named at all given how many talented and successful athlete's have been produced by the state.

"There have been a lot of great athletes in the state of Louisiana," Manning told The Times-Picayune. "I don't know if I truly deserve it … But it is an honor to be part of this group."

The ever-humble Manning was also asked about the recent string of heavy criticism he's faced and, in a rare moment of candid discussion on the topic, said it's something you just have to tune out regardless of how overwhelming it may appear to be at times.

"You just have to be yourself, treat people nicely and don't try to be someone you're not," Manning said. "You can't buy into what the papers might say, whether they're praising you or whether they're on you. You just have to listen to your coaches … and do your job to the best of your ability.

"People are trying to catch you doing something wrong, and you have to be smart. You have to know when there's time to enjoy yourself and let loose at times but you have to always be aware of your surroundings and who's watching."

Manning's comments served a dual purpose, as he also meant them to be a bit of advice to rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who had joined him at the Manning Passing Academy this past Thursday.

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3 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning “Honored” to Be Named the 41st All-Time Greatest Louisiana Athlete”

  1.  Krow says:

    My cat made the All-Time Smartest Louisiana Athlete list.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Eli is a highly evolved young man. He is very simply that rare athlete who keeps things in perspective, doesn’t take himself too seriously, and ought to be a role model for young people everywhere.

    He also happens to be a terrific quarterback who verges on greatness and may have another championship or two in him.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I’m starting to get a little excited about the stuff coming from Eli in regard to Beckham, because if he can really come on fast this season the Giants suddenly have a pretty good first four players on the depth chart at wide receiver. We know all about Cruz. I think it has become pretty clear that the coaches are very happy with the jump Randle has made from last season, and that jump could be seen even without pads on. And unlike many here, I have always been convinced that given a chance Jernigan could be a pretty good player, and I think he started to prove that last season when he finally got a chance.

    I’ll be happier if it turns out there’s another strong player around who can play the wideout spot so they’re five-deep there, but that may be too much to ask this season unless they can figure out how to really use Trindon Holliday (which I have heard is something they are definitely trying to figure out since they love what he can do in space). In any case, with an innovative offensive coordinator, at least four quality wide receivers, a number of running backs who can do some real damage in space, and we can only hope a pair of good tight ends (which I am optimistic we will have), it may turn out that Beckham’s early emergence makes the Giants a much more potent offense than anyone now imagines.

    Keep in mind, too, that with all these very quick receivers available (except for Randle those outside receivers are as quick as any in the league and are all very tough to cover because of that quickness) and the option of a lot of quick-release passes, a lot of the pressure to be far above average on the offensive line diminishes. It may turn out that what we have will be plenty good enough in the trenches if we can find at least one side to which we can run consistently for 4+ yards. I suspect that the right side will prove able to handle that in 2014, and the left might too with a pulling guard or center and enough help from tight ends.

    Frankly, the more I look at the specific positions on this team the more I am starting to think that if they avoid the injury curse they could be a very, very, good team in 2014 and certainly compete for championships in the near future.

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