Eli Manning jokes that he’s the third most talked about quarterback in New York
Despite the fact that he has led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories in the past four seasons, Eli Manning still gets very little attention by New York standards. In many ways, that’s a good thing. New York tabloids are mostly concerned with the negative, so if you can avoid finding yourself on the cover and back pages it’s probably because you’re doing something right. That didn’t stop Eli from taking a shot at the New York papers for constantly talking about Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
“New York Giants just won a championship, yet I’m still the third most talked about quarterback in my own city,” Manning joked in a video that was featured on FoxSports.com.
When Tebow comes to town, that’s what happens. Manning has a tendency to keep to himself and keep his personal life under wraps, so the New York papers have nothing to talk about. Super Bowl articles are nice, but they fade away quickly in the tabloid world. If he starts showing up to Yankees games with some of the NBA’s biggest stars, he might generate a few more headlines.
As for Sanchez, the attention he gets is usually in the form of criticism or speculation that he might lose his job to Tebow. The bottom line is Manning lives a relatively drama-free life. That is tremendous for football, but terrible for New York’s tabloids. If he crashes and burns or kills it on Saturday Night Live May 5, they might have something to talk about. However, history leads us to believe he’ll put together an average performance which will lead to an average article or two in Monday morning’s papers.
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