Eli Manning Inspires Giants With Heartfelt Speech Ahead Of The Season

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Ernesto Cova

Eli Manning's career and status as a potential Hall of Famer have often been a subject of controversy. His highs were very high and his lows were pretty low.

Manning owns most of the passing-related records in New York Giants history. He also won two Super Bowls, both of them against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, yet he still doesn't get enough praise or recognition for his accomplishments.

Dexter Lawrence Was Moved By The Speech

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But Manning is still one of the greatest players in Giants' history. And as such, he took some time to reach out to the team and let them know that they can't take anything for granted.

Manning wanted to inspire them and urged them to have a short memory and always bring in their best effort not only in football but in all aspects of their lives:

"(He said) just come out and trust in the process," said DT Dexter Lawrence. "Being a good teammate and being a good person to people you're around every day, competing. You know, if you're not getting better, you're getting worse type of thing. Just having that mental thing going through camp is good."

Manning Inspired The Team

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Even though they shared the locker room during Manning's final year, Lawrence still has plenty of respect for him as a two-time champion and a franchise legend:

"I played with him for one year - I always call him the GOAT," Lawrence said. "I mess around with him and all this stuff, but you know, it's good to see his face. It's been a while since he could actually come around and talk because of COVID and stuff, but it's good to hear the message from him today."

It Was 'A Blessing,' Claims Crowder

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Manning's speech was short but heartfelt and it really hit a spot. In fact, LB Tae Crowder went as far as saying that having him around was 'a blessing':

"That was pretty cool, I can't lie, that was cool," Crowder said. "Just growing up watching Eli and just seeing all the great things he did. To come back and talk to the team, I feel like that means a lot to the team and everyone in the building. I was excited. It's a blessing to be in the position that we're in and just to have someone come and talk like him, it's amazing."

Giants Have High Hopes

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Eli also worked out with former backup Daniel Jones, who reportedly had his best practice yet with the two-time champion mentoring him. That's the kind of leadership one would expect from a guy who knows what it's like to be questioned.

Led by Brian Daboll, the Giants hope to fare much better offensively next season and go back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Maybe, this is just the boost they needed to pull it off.