This time around, he is much more an equal to Brady and his team is every bit - if not more - talented than Bill Belichick's bunch. Manning was asked how different he is now as compared to four years ago.
"Anytime you have four more years of experience you should be a better quarterback and a better player – a better understanding of your offense, better control of what’s going on. I think I’ve made improvements in those four years," Eli said. "I’ve worked hard to try to become a better quarterback and make better decisions and be a better leader. Those are some of the things I’ve worked on."
WR Victor Cruz, who has gone from zero to hero in four short months, should be brimming with excitement, but is taking it all in stride.
"I’m just taking it day by day, taking it one practice, one meeting at a time and just making sure I’m ready for whatever comes up, whatever the upcoming meeting or the upcoming arrangement is." the Giants' greatest UDFA of all time said. "I’m ready for it and I make sure I get as much sleep as possible, just being prepared for whatever comes my way."
S Antrel Rolle does not want to hear about losing, nor does he want to talk about it. He was on the Arizona Cardinals when they lost in the final minute of SB XLIII to the Steelers.
"I never speak of losing and I have had my own personal experience with that," Rolle stated. "It is nothing that I really want to share with the guys. I definitely don’t want to be on that end again by any means. If I have to get carried off the field, so be it, but whatever it takes at this point."
DE Jason Pierre-Paul on the competition between the defensive lineman:
"We compete amongst each other and if Justin gets a sack, I want two. If I want two, then Osi wants three. Basically you can say that we are greedy but in a good way, to help our team out. We try to get there quick enough to help our secondary cover better and try to get to the quarterback as fast as we can."
Devin Thomas, the Giants' top special teamer, says he only needs one ticket for the Super Bowl - for his father.
“He’s the one who I need to be there supporting me,” Thomas said as per Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York. “I told him, ‘Pops, we’re going to the Super Bowl! It’s funny, because the story is, the last Super Bowl I went to was the Steelers versus Arizona. Me and my dad went together. And I told him, ‘Pops, we can’t go to Super Bowls anymore unless I’m in it.’”
Well, he is...