Am I the only one who was miserable watching Eli Manning win another Super Bowl?
Sometimes all it takes is one misstep to turn people against athletes, like LeBron James' Miami decision, Sammy Sosa's corked bat or Kobe Bryant's sexual assault accusations.
In Eli's case, I've held a grudge against him since draft day in 2004. San Diego had the No. 1 pick, needed a quarterback and were ready to take the young gun from Ole Miss, but crybaby Eli, through his daddy Archie, stated publicly he would refuse to play for the Chargers. He wanted to go to New York where he could be a superstar. And that spoiled brat weaseled his way into what he wanted.
It's the same reason I could never respect John Elway, who threatened to quit football and pitch for the New York Yankees if the Baltimore Colts, who drafted him at No. 1 in 1983, did not trade him—which they eventually did.
And, like Elway, Eli is rewarded with two championship rings. It's just not right.
Yes, Tom Brady's already got three rings, but he earned them. He worked his way up from starting seventh on the depth chart at Michigan and being NFL draft pick No. 199 in the sixth round. He wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth and didn't get to choose where he wanted to play like the Giants' golden boy.
It was bad enough watching Brady's undefeated season get tombstoned four years ago by, of all people, that punk of a quarterback. But to see Eli do it twice against the NFL's reigning dynasty on the grandest stage of the year--on top of besting his older brother Peyton by one Super Bowl title--his ego's gotta be as big as the city he plays for now.
So let this be a lesson to all you kids out there: chew out any team that's thinking of drafting you till you get the one you want, and you can be a Super Bowl MVP too.
John Giokaris is a RedEye special contributor.