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Eli Thinks Playing Another 10 Years is a Possibility

Eric from BBI : Admin : 7/29/2013 10:48 pm
Manning's view of his own situation is similarly upbeat. He told me he feels as good as he's ever felt and sees every reason to keep playing in the foreseeable future. And that future extends beyond what he has ever said before.

"I've never put an exact number on it, but I do know I don't see the end anywhere too near, so I'm going to play as long as I feel I can play at a high level and my body can hang under me,'' he said. "I do feel healthy and strong and energized about what I'm doing, and I'm fortunate. Hopefully it's for another five-plus years. I put that as somewhat of a goal.''

And if he makes it into the "plus'' part of five-plus? Could we possibly see Manning play for another 10 years?

"Yeah, I think, yeah,'' he said. "I love what I'm doing. I love training camp. I love the working-out aspects. I love the practice. I love winning games. Those are exciting things. So as of right now, I don't ever see that getting old or getting tired.''

Eli Manning optimistic about Giants, hopeful of playing a long time - ( New Window )
i see  
Mr. Nickels : 7/29/2013 10:49 pm : link
no reason why he can't
Very possible  
Fish : 7/29/2013 10:51 pm : link
I still can't believe he has been playing for 10 already. That went quick.
better trade Nassib now  
SHO'NUFF : 7/29/2013 10:54 pm : link
for some value
Let's hope so.  
NYGmen58 : 7/29/2013 11:02 pm : link
It would be special to watch Eli play into his lat 30s-early 40s and still at a high level if we keep him healthy.

In order to do so, we'll just have to continue making the offensive side of the ball the priority in the draft and free agency.
I'd say about 7 more prime years, barring injury  
SHO'NUFF : 7/29/2013 11:12 pm : link
before a Favre like downturn...then he can be a game manager for another 3...
You see no reason he can't?  
AnotherGiantsFan : 7/29/2013 11:15 pm : link
Lol...c'mon now. He'll be 42 in 10 years. I love the guy, but there's a difference between being hopefully optimistic and not seeing why it can't be done.

Him playing at 42 would be a sight to see though. He doesn't depend on athleticism or elite arm strength so I wouldn't be surprised seeing him play well into his 30s if he checks out health wise.
Doubt it happens.. but it would be awesome.  
arcarsenal : 7/29/2013 11:22 pm : link
I just hope it never turns into a situation where he's just sort of lost it and winds up going out there way longer than he should. I don't think that'll ever be an issue with him, though. Eli seems like the type of dude who will know when to call it a career.

I hope he can play at a high level for at LEAST 5 more years, though. It's going to be a shitty day when Eli has to hang them up. I don't even want to think about it.
I'm all for ten more years  
Davisian : 7/29/2013 11:23 pm : link
Of Fish suckin it..
Glad to hear it  
SoDev : 7/29/2013 11:35 pm : link
Would suck if he got satisfied and rolled early. I'll take the next 5 for now, we can talk about 6+ after that.
Modus Operandi : 7/30/2013 12:07 am : link
There's no possibly way Fish has that kind of longevity.
please let him overtake farve  
mattlawson : 7/30/2013 12:07 am : link
for the iron man
I don't have any inside info  
81_Great_Dane : 7/30/2013 12:28 am : link
but I'm absolutely convinced Eli has played through some significant injuries, the kind that would have had Ben Roethlisberger playing the wounded hero week after week in the press. I'm also convinced those injuries and games like the 49ers playoff win will eventually take a toll.

10 more years of Eli sounds great, but we Giants fans will be lucky if we get 7 or 8.
People bring up Favre in this discussion  
BlackLight : 7/30/2013 12:50 am : link
but seemingly forget that Favre had arguably his best statistical season in 2009, when he turned 40.

I hope Eli knows enough to shut it down when his skills diminish. People bitch about Tiki quitting when he did (among other things), but just going by the history of players at his position, he picked the perfect time to walk away.

I love Eli's iron man streak, but part of me kinda hopes he does miss a game at some point, just so he doesn't have that record to chase into his 40s. And I also think the Giants would absolutely cut the cord on him rather that let a sub-average QB chase a personal record at the team's expense. And who here wants to see Eli ever putting on another team's jersey.
I don't think Eli cares about the Favre ironman record  
dpinzow : 7/30/2013 1:15 am : link
If Eli suffered a concussion in a regular season game similar to the hit he took to the head against the Jets one preseason (when his helmet came off and Jacobs' facemask collided with his exposed forehead), he would definitely sit until the doctors determine he doesn't have any side effects

If the NFL keeps adopting rules to protect pocket QBs...  
Big Blue Blogger : 7/30/2013 3:45 am : link
...a guy like Eli could conceivably become a football version of Nolan Ryan or Roger Clemens. Arm strength doesn't necessarily diminish that much in a man's 30s, and a quarterback - like a pitcher - can compensate for diminishing physical gifts with increased mastery, at least to a degree. Hell, Phil Simms took a horrendous beating for most of his career, lost a ton of arm strength and was still among the best in the league at 38. Favre had probably his best year at 40, 15 years after kicking a Vicodin habit. Although any football player is just one play from forced retirement, Eli is just about the youngest 32 you will ever see on an NFL field.

His biggest edge, as others have said, is his relationship to the game and business of football. For many NFL players, football is a job. For some, it's a passion. For the Mannings, it's a profession, in the best sense. They face the game as primarily a mental challenge, not an athletic one, and they never stop learning. Peyton is 37, and a bit of a mess physically. That didn't stop him from having one of his best years in 2012, the final pass notwithstanding.
SanFranGiantsFan : 7/30/2013 6:02 am : link
Good, provided he's not hanging on like Willie Mays on the Mets.
That would be great.  
Curtis in VA : 7/30/2013 6:32 am : link
But I think when the wheels start to fall off, its going to happen pretty quickly. How he feels now could be completely different than how he might feel this time next year.

I'll take Eli for another 20 years though if he can last that long. :-)
Sorry Eli. The Giants  
LauderdaleMatty : 7/30/2013 6:42 am : link
Took Nassib in the 4th round. You will be lucky to finish your contract.

Seriously now Eli playing for a while is a very good possibility. He's been hurt or dinged like all players but nothing close to a lot of guys who have 10 years in do.

He just not reckless and while anything can happen he will be here IMO for at least another 5-6
Hello, Acme? This is Ryan Nassib.  
Giantgator : 7/30/2013 7:29 am : link
Do you still sell those 16 ton weights?
I don't think Eli cares either  
mattlawson : 7/30/2013 7:45 am : link
I just hope he does it. He seems to get better every year. Eli is like Favre in the sense that they take chances downfield trying to make plays. Eli is not as wild, but he's competitive and likes that downfield strike. If he would only dump it off here and there to keep the defense off balance - this would be the best offense in the NFL. Unstoppable
BrettNYG10 : 7/30/2013 7:56 am : link
Not gonna happen.

-David Diehl
Nice to have a  
TMS : 7/30/2013 8:23 am : link
QB who has that kind of zest and love of the game. Guy is a coach on the field ,and more and more, I am sure, he is having valuable input into our personnel and scheme just like Peyton had. His value is immeasurable to the Giants.
We should be that lucky.  
the_fridge : 7/30/2013 8:35 am : link
Wouldn't be surprised in the least  
Big Blue '56 : 7/30/2013 8:39 am : link
It's one year  
Doomster : 7/30/2013 8:40 am : link
at a time.......
Wait, you mean he's not going to retire in 2/3 years while Nassib  
Riggies : 7/30/2013 8:49 am : link
easily picks up the reins from him in an easy, friendly transition?
Playing Another 10 Years?  
Jim in Tampa : 7/30/2013 8:51 am : link
It's doubtful that even if Eli was physically able to play for another 10 years, that he would end his career with the Giants.

Successful teams always try to have another (younger) QB waiting in the wings, even if the established QB is an all-time great. The 49ers got rid of Montana and replaced him with Young. The Colts let P. Manning go because they had a shot at Luck.

Throw in cap constraints (How much can you pay a 42 year old QB?) and the chances of Eli playing another 10 yrs. for the Giants are very slim.
If MetLife had a retractable dome  
andrew_nyg : 7/30/2013 8:56 am : link
Eli would have at least another SB ring, and his stats would be appreciably better.

Few seem to give him credit for throwing the ball in that wind tunnel. I was at the Philly game last year and we were in section 115..we felt those 20-30 mph gusts of wind hitting us square in the face.

I challenge the Matt Ryan's, Drew Brees', Tony Romo's, Ben Rothlisberger's, and Philip Rivers' of the league to play eight games a year in that stadium.
It's never been likely Eli would spend his entire career as a Giant,  
Riggies : 7/30/2013 8:56 am : link
no matter how long he intends to play. Once-franchise/established top QBs rarely do that, even if they don't do much in their other "homes" and quickly wrap up their careers after their exit from their original teams.

Just like the actual transitional move away from him isn't at all likely to be anything but an unhappy split, whenever it happens, it's crappy, but it's also by far the most probable reality.
He can do it  
Route 9 in LEH : 7/30/2013 9:44 am : link
The guy is made out of steel.
I'd be thrilled if we can get another 5-7 good years from...  
Crispino : 7/30/2013 9:47 am : link
him. Hopefully, another title. That would be a hell of a run.
Come on folks.  
Beez : 7/30/2013 9:49 am : link
Ten more years? He'd have played 19 years.

Would love to see it, if he is healthy and productive. But 10 MORE years? Please.
Eh, guys.  
Randy in CT : 7/30/2013 9:53 am : link
He was just throwing a number out there. Who cares at this point?
The most important part of the quote  
mfsd : 7/30/2013 9:54 am : link
isn't that he said 10 years, it's that he feels healthy and wants to play a long time bc he loves everything about the game
I would've said the same thing at 32  
JonC : 7/30/2013 10:06 am : link
The young often don't understand that your body likely won't cooperate as those ten years elapse.
Its like the "are you an elite QB"  
Route 9 in LEH : 7/30/2013 10:13 am : link
question. of course he'll say yes.
Amazing we still hear stuff like  
JCin332 : 7/30/2013 10:14 am : link

He doesn't depend on athleticism or elite arm strength so I wouldn't be surprised seeing him play well into his 30s if he checks out health wise.

His arm strength is among the best in the game and he's not a good athlete..?

Its amazing how the guy has been a 2 time SB champ and MVP but somehow he doesn't depend on athleticism just because he is also great mentally..
I think George Blanda  
Rick5 : 7/30/2013 10:15 am : link
played in a championship game at 43. I'd be OK with Eli breaking that record.
5 more years  
Corey : 7/30/2013 10:15 am : link
Five more seasons of high level play is all you could ask for. At that point, he would be top-5 all time in yards, and TD's. More importantly, he would have given the Giants a fair shot at the post-season numerous times.
Blanda played in a much different era  
JonC : 7/30/2013 10:17 am : link
Now, QBs usually are fortunate to play reasonably well into their late 30s. Physically, the legs begin to go, the arm strength declines, the ability to pull the trigger fades, etc.
I was guessing 6-8  
AnishPatel : 7/30/2013 10:26 am : link
years. If Eli plays 10 more years, and continues to put up consistent stats, Eli will be in the top 5 of a lot of categories, like passing yards and Tds. That's pretty damn good when you have 2 SB MVPs under your belt.
Jon -  
Rick5 : 7/30/2013 10:35 am : link
Half joking. I don't expect Eli to play past 37/38 or so.
JonC : 7/30/2013 10:42 am : link
Agreed, I think that's about right.
AnotherGiantsFan : 7/30/2013 10:58 am : link
Are you that dense that you don't think Eli is a pure pocket passer and depends on athleticism to be a successful QB? I don't get why you consider it a bad thing that he doesn't depend on athleticism. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning certainly don't.
lol if you think eli's playing past 40.  
Ten Ton Hammer : 7/30/2013 10:59 am : link
And Eli is a fantastic QB  
AnotherGiantsFan : 7/30/2013 11:05 am : link
but he doesn't have one of the stronger arms in the game. I can shoot off 10 QBs easily who throw ball deeper than him. That's not a diss either, Brady doesn't throw the deep ball at all and is still an exceptional QB. Eli Manning throws it deep enough and is accurate as hell.
My accountant is a better athlete than Eli  
Ten Ton Hammer : 7/30/2013 11:08 am : link
Whenever he does hang em up  
tikimvp : 7/30/2013 12:51 pm : link
I'd hand him the Offensive Coordinator job if he wants it
We're going to need him  
Dave in Hoboken : 7/30/2013 1:10 pm : link
with this defense.
Three parameters,  
oldog : 7/30/2013 5:09 pm : link
must win at least one more SB, must play two years longer than Peyton, must take iron man away from Favre. That is all that is required. Everything else is optional, Eli.
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