Eli has seen what losing Super Bowl is like
Eli Manning doesn’t have first-hand experience. But his brother does, and the New York Giants quarterback has expressed to his teammates one thing about the Super Bowl: Losing sucks.
According to Steve Serby of the New York Post, Manning addressed his teammates last week as they prepared for Super Bowl XLVI. He told them winning the game was the only thing.
“I’ve never lost a Super Bowl,” Manning said, per Serby. “I was with my brother (Peyton) when he lost one (Super Bowl XLIV to Drew Brees and the Saints), and three months after that, that’s all he could talk about. We don’t want that feeling.”
The Giants have a lot of key pieces in place from their triumph over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. But much has also changed. Only three players on the roster have experienced defeat on the game’s largest stage.
“He spoke from the heart,” one Giants player told Serby. “Like, ‘Yeah, this is for real. We don’t want that feeling and we want to win.”
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