Eli: Jeter's been a great role model for me

Eli Manning and the New York Giants are feeling good about themselves this week as to win their second game of the season on Thursday against the Washington Redskins. Manning also talked about a player in another sport that has helped him out since his time in New York.

The New York Giants are riding on a high note after there 30-10 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday at MetLife stadium. During the game Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants offense were able to work effectively and show that as whole offense they are improving under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s system.

Manning admitted the offense was clicking on Sunday and what they still need to work on to get better.

“We have to continue to find ways to run the ball well,” noted Manning. “We’ve got to find completions and protect and do all those things well. I think guys are playing faster, I think guys have a good understanding for what’s going on and the timing of the offense. We’ve got to keep striving to get better at some things as well.”

Besides talking about the offense’s improvements from Sunday’s game, Manning took time to talk about a certain professional athlete. That athlete was non other than New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Since this Jeter’s last week of playing baseball before he retires, Manning spoke about how Jeter has been a mentor to him since he came to New York in 2004.

“Derek, he’s been a great role model for me,” noted Manning. “Coming to New York as a young guy and just seeing the way he conducted himself – a guy who has won championships, been the captain of that team and just the way he handled the media, the way he handled the wins, the losses, the good times, the bad times and just being a true professional and carried himself.”

Even though Manning is now a 11 year veteran in the NFL, has helped the Giants win two Super Bowl championships and is a leader himself, he still tries to follow the way Jeter handles himself.

“He’s been someone who I looked up to when I first got here and still kind of try to follow his path on how he’s handled things,” noted Manning.

Now as the Giants turned their focus to the Redskins for Thursday night;s game, Manning will focus on preparing himself the right way to help lead his team to victory over Washington.

“They’re talented,” said Manning of the Redskins defense. “They have a great front seven who do a great job stopping the run and getting pressure on the quarterback, so they’ve got some young guys in the linebacker position but they’re playing well.”

The Giants, who are 1-2 can hopefully beat the Redskins on Thursday night and even their record up at 2-2 on the year, which to Manning and the rest of Big Blue believe is a huge thing.

“This is a big one – in the division, another road game and so it’s a big game,” admitted the veteran QB. “We didn’t start the season the way we wanted to, but we’ve got a chance to get back on track and get even and hopefully get something going and get a little rhythm going.”

The last time the Giants started off 0-2 and were able to even up their record at 2-2 was in 2007, the year they won their first of two Super Bowls under Manning’s direction.


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