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Can we please call Eli Manning elite now?

Can we please call Eli Manning elite now?

Credit: AP

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, center, celebrates his team's 21-17 win against New England Patriots after the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

by Jeff Abeln

KMOV.com

Posted on February 6, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 6 at 2:29 PM

(KMOV) -- For the people who watch the Super Bowl for the commercials I’m sure they felt the same way as Patriots’ fans felt after three hours, disappointed. The commercials were terrible, but at least the game was incredible.

How cool is Eli Manning?  Maybe not like Fonzie or Brad Pitt cool, but under pressure, during the fourth quarter Manning delivers, and that’s what separates good players from great players.  I like Eli because he boasts a quiet confidence, almost a quiet, calm, arrogance.  He’s well spoken, sometimes ‘PC,’ but he stands up for his coach, teammates, and himself.  He’s not perfect, no athlete is, but Manning appears as calm in the fourth quarter as he does in the first, second, and third.   

Before the season began Manning was asked if he considers himself one of the “elite” quarterbacks in the NFL.  His answer, “yes,” didn’t surprise me one bit.  Some players would say yes but not truthfully, whole heartedly believe it.  They know deep down they’re not one of the greats, but they have to say they are just so no one will question their confidence, abilities, and leadership.  But with Manning he’s not just saying he’s one of the game’s best, he knows darn well he’s in that conversation.   Again, it’s that quiet, non-obnoxious confidence that you have to appreciate. 

We didn’t learn too much about Eli Manning from Super Bowl XLVI, instead we were reassured.  Could he take down the favored Patriots again?  Would he be able to prevail when the game was on the line?  Would he self implode by fumbling or throwing interceptions?  The answers we now know are yes, yes, and no.  He reassured fans and critics that he is one the NFL’s elite who is on his way to putting together a Hall of Fame career. 

During his entire NFL tenure, Eli has been referred to as ‘Peyton’s little brother,’ well now little bro has two world championships, one more than big bro. 

 

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