To date, 14 NFL teams have never won a Super Bowl. That’s right, 14. In fact, some of the best players and some of the best coaches that have come and gone throughout the history of the NFL have never won a Super Bowl. It isn’t because these teams, players and coaches didn’t try; it’s because winning a Superbowl in the NFL is really hard.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case for the New York Giants. The Giants have won two Super Bowls in four years with no indication that a third isn’t on the horizon. Now there are a number of reasons that these Giants seems to find a way to win, but if your looking for a common denominator, look no further then Eli Manning.
Eli has won these championship titles with aging vets and untested rookies, with fans screaming for his head and media outlets calling him a bust. Obstacle after obstacle has fallen to the unflappable demeanor of Mr. Eli Manning and not even the shadow of his MVP-plagued brother could deter Eli from carrying a brand that has been synonymous with the NFL since 1925.
Throughout it all, Eli hasn’t complained, hasn’t embarrassed his ownership, hasn’t alienated fans and hasn’t asked for a single thing. I know that some of you reading this will say “that’s what he gets paid to do,” and I would counter by saying that there are so many instances of players acting carelessly, even criminally throughout the league (even within Eli’s own draft class) that Eli is the exception and not the rule. It’s time for the Giants to ensure that Eli has everything he won’t ask for.
Eli wants to throw to Victor Cruz; Eli wants to throw to Hakeem Nicks, and I know this because Eli said so…as much as Eli will. Eli is too polite to tell Mr. Mara and Mr. Reese how to run the Giants’ organization, even though the rings on his fingers should give him some pull, but Eli isn’t beyond dropping hints. Mara and Reese are literal guys, so I’ll break down Eli-ese for them, when a player like Eli says he’ll restructure his contract to resign a player, he’s saying I want to keep that player.. This shouldn’t be taken lightly. To my knowledge, Eli hasn’t made that gesture before, at least not publicly, and if a two-time winning Super Bowl MVP kinda-sorta asks for something, there shouldn’t be any discussion.
There shouldn’t be any question of where Cruz and Nicks will play to remainder of their careers (yeah, careers!). Eli has given too much to the team, to the brand and to New York City for his requests to be ignored. The Giants need to do whatever they need to do and ensure that Eli never has to not-ask again.