Fireside Chat: 10 Questions for Eli Manning

Dan BentonCorrespondent IMay 10, 2009

Fireside Chat: 10 Questions for Eli Manning

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 11:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants gestures against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty

After five years in New York, do you have any regrets about refusing to sign with the San Diego Chargers (ultimately forcing a trade with New York) in 2004? After all, the media hasn’t exactly been your best friend in the Big Apple.

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 24:  Eli Manning (2nd-L) with his parents receives a San Diego Chargers jersey from NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue during the 2004 NFL Draft on April 24, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Manning was selected first pick ove

Looking back to 2007 and Super Bowl XLII, do you feel you were deserving of the MVP award after the game Justin Tuck had and the two near interceptions on the final drive?

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Defensive end Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants reacts after a sack in the second quarter of Super Bowl XLII against the New England Patriots on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Although you were in the midst of an incredible game and time was ticking down, did you realize the significance of your sack escape and David Tyree’s catch on 3rd-and-5? Did you have any idea that it may be looked at as the greatest play in NFL history?

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  David Tyree #85 of the New York Giants catches a 32-yard pass from Eli Manning #10 against Rodney Harrison #37 and James Sanders #36 of the New England Patriots attempts to knock it out in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII

One of your frequent criticisms is your lackadaisical, “aw shucks” demeanor on the field. Some people interpret that as a weakness. What would you say to those people?

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 11:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty

A lot has been made of Plaxico Burress’ off-the-field issues, but many teammates have stood by and continue to stand by his side even though he’s no longer a member of the organization. Can you attest to his positive attitude in the locker-room or are the

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    LEBANON - JANUARY 14: New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is checked by security personnel as he arrives at the Lebanon County Courthouse January 14, 2009 in Lebanon, Pa.  Burress is scheduled to appear in a civil trial in a dispute with an auto

Speaking of Burress, the two of you actually shared a relatively interesting relationship. What did it mean to you when he named his son, Elijah, after you?

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Wide receiver Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Giants in (R) hugs quarterback Eli Manning #10 the locker room after defeating the New England Patriots 17-14 during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Ph

Many people claimed Burress was actually your security blanket, citing his ability to go up and haul in balls as the reason. With him no longer in the picture, who do you envision as your go-to guy through the air?

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Steve Smith #12 of the New York Giants catches a 13-yard reception for a first down on the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Ph

Which of the two wide receivers drafted, Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, are you more excited to see on the field?

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 09:  Ramses Barden #13 and Hakeem Nicks #18 of the New York Giants works out at rookie camp on May 9, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

It’s no secret that you have a very close relationship with your brother Peyton, so how much of a thrill would it be to face he and the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV?

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 10:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants (L) congratulates his brother quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts on his 26-21 victory on September 10, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford,

We all know you’ve also become a two-sport athlete, joining your brother Peyton and the Williams sisters in the Double Stuff Racing League (DSRL). What’s your offseason conditioning program like for that in comparison to the NFL season?

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JANUARY 31: Eli Manning of the New York Giants attends DIRECTV's 3rd Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at Progress Energy Park, Home of Al Lang Field on January 31, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images