New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning made an appearance on The Michael Kay Show on 1050 ESPN radio in New York to discuss the Giants current Super Bowl run.
Manning said that he’s always believed they had the ability to make it to the Super Bowl.
“I think you always think a team has the ability, has the potential to make it to the Super Bowl,” said Manning. “Is it always going to happen? No. A lot of things have to happen to make the Super Bowl. You’ve got to be playing great football, have to be doing things right and being smart and making plays. I knew there was a shot. We have talent on this team. We have guys who are committed to being good, it’s just, can we put it all together? … Guys have stepped up and we’re playing our best football.”
Manning was asked how he felt on Monday after getting pounded by the 49ers defense during the NFC title game.
“There’s some weeks where you’re happy that you’ve got two weeks before the next game. There definitely was a little soreness, but just your typical bumps and bruises, nothing major. If we had to go practice today, I’d be out there ready to go. It was just one of those days.”
Eli said he felt it’s a little strange to have to play the Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in four years.
“It is a little strange that when we get another shot to go to the Super Bowl, we get the same opponent. … We’re excited about the opportunity of going back to the Super Bowl and you never really care who your opponent is, you’re just excited for your team and your opportunity. But we know we’re going against a good team. There’s a reason they’ve been — Tom Brady and their crew — to the Super Bowl five times.”
Eli was asked if he felt like he’s finally proven he’s an elite NFL quarterback.
“That was never the goal, to try to vindicate or try to prove to anyone. I wanted to come out and have a good season this year, there’s no question. I worked hard this offseason getting prepared and through training camp and each week, just having the mindset of taking care of the football and working on your accuracy and getting your teammates prepared around you. … I wanted to have a good season, but it’s more proving to myself and playing to the potential that I knew I had.”
Eli made it clear that this team isn’t his, it’s head coach Tom Coughlin’s.
“I never got into the deal of saying, ‘Hey, this is my team.’ It’s a part of a team. It’s everybody’s team. It’s not one player’s team. It’s Coach Coughlin’s team, but we play together. I think my teammates have faith in me. … Am I one of the leaders? I’d say so. I’ve been here one of the longest on the team and have a great understanding of what’s going on, but so do a lot of other players. … It’s not one person’s team.”