As captain and quarterback, Eli Manning takes it upon himself to congratulate each and every one of the Giants draft picks. This year, when New York selected quarterback Davis Webb in the third round, Manning sent his new understudy a welcoming message.
“I just wanted to welcome him to the team, let him know if he has any questions or needs anything in the next few days, I was here for him,” Manning explained to the Giants’ website.
Though Manning is the face and leader of Big Blue, he doesn’t believe he should be put above anyone else. Manning explained, “He responded with, ‘Yes, sir.’ I told him we were off to a bad start. Please do not refer to me as sir. I appreciate the manners, but we’re teammates. I was always taught the same thing. Anyone older than me, I have to call them sir. But hopefully, we straightened that out.”
Webb is set to be Manning’s replacement, which is enormous shoes to fill in the NFL’s most publicized city. Manning reaching out and making it known that he is more than Manning’s backup shows a lot about the 36 year-old’s leadership and teamwork qualities.
Speaking on Davis’s football performance, Manning said, “I really don’t know much about Davis. I know he started off at Texas Tech and transferred to Cal his senior year. I know he’s a big kid and it sounds like he has a strong arm. … I look forward to meeting Davis, welcoming him to the team and see if he needs any help from me. I’m always happy to give it.”
Manning is entering his 14th season in the NFL, and doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon. Nevertheless, the transition from Manning to Webb is starting out smoothly.