At his Super Bowl MVP press conference, Giants quarterback Eli Manning hinted that he doesn’t think this will be the last time he and the Giants win a championship.
Manning said he thinks the nucleus of this team can stay together for years and get back to the Super Bowl.
“I’m excited about a number of young guys who stepped up this season,” Manning said. “Victor Cruz has been a great story, Jake Ballard, some of these guys have played great football and made great plays for us this year.”
The key to that will be Manning himself, who at age 31 likely has several more good years left in him and has now joined Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana and Tom Brady as the only winners of multiple Super Bowl MVP awards. But Manning was more interested in talking up his teammates, especially Mario Manningham for his sideline catch that will be celebrated on NFL Films for decades to come.
“I tried to put it where he would catch it or nobody would, and he made a great catch,” Manning said. “It’s something you work on all the time down the sideline, and we feel like our receivers have a great ability to make those plays.”
Manning was asked about whether he now has bragging rights over his big brother Peyton because he has one more Super Bowl ring, but Manning brushed that aside.
“This isn’t about bragging rights,” Manning said. “This is a lot bigger. This is about a team and an organization being champions.”
Manning said he and Peyton talked after the game but that it was more an Xs-and-Os film session than an exchange of brotherly love.
“I got to be with Peyton a little bit and he was just proud of me, he was proud of the team,” Manning said. “A quarterback like Peyton, he knows the game well and he asked questions that a lot of people wouldn’t ask. The touchdown pass to Victor Cruz, he asked me if I saw that middle linebacker.”
We don’t know what Peyton’s future holds, but this morning in Indianapolis, Eli’s future looks bright.