Tom Brady has said he wants to play into his mid-to-late 40s. The only quarterback to beat him in a Super Bowl, Eli Manning, said Tuesday he thinks he can at least make it to 40.
“Yeah, I think sitting here right now, I think I can play another four years,” the 36-year-old quarterback of the New York Giants told ESPN.
“That’s the way the body feels. … Again with football, you don’t know what’s going to be the difference, how you’re going to feel next year. And right now I still have the same enthusiasm and I’m working hard and I like doing the training and watching film and doing everything … I have to do to prepare for it. So I don’t see it slowing down. I think until the time comes or that changes, I’m going to keep going as hard as I can.”
Manning is under contract through the 2019 season; he would turn 40 at the end of the 2020 season.
The Giants have talked about limiting his workload this summer and keeping him on a “pitch count,” and they’ve acknowledged that Davis Webb, their third-round pick out of California, could end up as Manning’s replacement in the not-too-distant future.
Manning has been one of the more durable quarterbacks in NFL history. He is scheduled to start his 200th consecutive regular-season game in the season opener at the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 10.
I spent a portion of my Friday afternoon arguing with strangers on the internet about Eli Manning’s Hall of Fame candidacy.
My take: Two Super Bowl MVPs, both wins against the Patriots, never missed a start, stats that will put him in the top 10 of most relevant passing categories by the time he retires. Eli has never been a perfect quarterback, but he certainly was a very important one in his era. Add it all up and he’s a Canton slam dunk … for me anyway. And this is coming from a chemically sedated Jets fan.
Anyway, perhaps the End Around’s clear soft spot for Big Blue’s No. 10 has something to do with the fact that Manning is just so … well … he’s just so Eli. I mean, look at this man dance!
The song blasting in the Giants locker room is “Take It To Da House” by Trick Daddy. It’s a personal Eli fave.
“That’s my jam, I just couldn’t hold back,” Manning explained to the New York Post. “I was just kind of messing around, saying, ‘This is how I dance. I’m staying right here, this is as extreme as it gets.’ Just kinda messing around with some of the guys. Not knowing … I guess you got to assume you’re being watched at all times.”
Damn, that quote got a little dark in the end. Anyway, here’s a hot take: Eli’s not even the worst dancer here. Damon “Snacks” Harrison is kind of a mess. All in good fun though. All in good fun.