Hall of Famer Kurt Warner empathizes how difficult it is for the Giants' Eli Manning to be an aging quarterback who is likely to spend what could be his final seasons grooming a team's franchise quarterback of the future.
"The part about mentoring someone, that part is easy," Warner said, according to the New York Daily News' Gary Myers. "It's easy to take a young kid and share with him whatever you possibly can and to make him the best player possible. The hard part is when you feel like you're the better quarterback and you're not on the field. You don't take that out on the other guy, but that's a tough sell."
The 37-year-old Manning has been the Giants' franchise quarterback since taking over in 2004, but New York may be in a position to draft his heir with the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft this spring. The Giants also drafted Davis Webb, who some believe could be the team's quarterback of the future, in the third round last year.
That leaves Manning, the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback who has started 214 of the Giants' last 215 games, nearing the end of his time as franchise quarterback, a feeling with which Warner resonates.