New York Giants: A Farewell Letter to Eli

Daniel Jones, and Eli Manning, New York Giants. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Daniel Jones, and Eli Manning, New York Giants. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Eli Manning was benched and the Daniel Jones era began with a win. The New York Giants two time Super Bowl MVP deserved a better exit.

It’s hard to believe that we’re here already. It seems like just yesterday New York Giants fans were celebrating their second Super Bowl title in four years over Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, that was actually almost ten years ago and the Giants haven’t done much since.

Eli Manning, I apologize that this is your sendoff after all that you have given this franchise. You deserved better than to be benched during the season on an underperforming team. It’s unfair that the blame for this team’s slow start once again is on your shoulders.

Even when you were sat in favor of Geno Smith because then-head coach Ben McAdoo wanted to prove it wasn’t his fault, you supported the decision and took it in stride. You deserved to go out in a blaze of glory with another title, but unfortunately, it doesn’t always end how we want.

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There were times that we as fans cursed at you and asked for you to be benched, but we never meant it.  We just knew you could do better. But no matter what you never turned on us or your team. Instead, you stayed true to Big Blue and took accountability for what you did wrong.

Then there were moments that we yelled at the television and you surprised everyone with a game-winning play. How could we take anything from the guy who beat the Evil Empire twice with two of the biggest throws in NFL history? We saw you get back up after taking crushing hit after crushing hit in the 2011 NFC Championship game and never once complain or talk about your offensive line letting you get killed.

While you may no longer be lining up under center as the starter, you will always be a part of the Giants. It’s sad that the Manning era must come to an end. It felt like you were a part of our family. A family member we could be mad at all week, but would still tune in and see every Sunday good, bad or indifferent.

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A quick message to Daniel Jones, this does not mean that we won’t embrace you. As must as we love Eli, we can love you just as much. Keep winning, I promise New York will embrace you like one of our own.