In today's world of sports, it's tough for a player to stick with one team throughout their entire career given the fact that free agency, trades happen nowadays whereas 10-20 years ago, it was possible, more common than anything else, for a player to play on one team.
So far, Eli Manning has been able to accomplish that, playing his 11-year entire career with the New York Giants and something he hopes to do for the remainder of his NFL career. In fact, Manning hopes to be able to emulate the career that New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has had, being able to play for just one team throughout the course of a career; Jeter of course is retiring at the end of 2014 and will have played his entire 19 years in one spot. Eli told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News of his desires to do the same.
“I think that’s always your goal, especially after you’ve been there a number of years, to finish with an organization,” Manning said. “I think that’s where you are comfortable, especially a terrific organization like the New York Giants. Obviously, you never know the circumstances that might pop up and what will occur. So you got to take advantage of the years that you are here and the years you are playing and make them the best.”
“He’s been a good role model and we’ve kept up with each other a little bit,” Manning told the Daily News on Monday. “On and off the field, what he’s been able to do as a player and the way he’s respected and the way he’s gone about his business — for a young player in New York, he’s a good role model."
“He was supportive of me. We had lost a few games and he was trying to get a feel for things,” Manning said. “He said to keep grinding, keep working.”
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