The rookie quarterback’s phone with problems rang and an icon was on the other line to give an animated chat.
Sixteen years before the memorable week in which Derek Jeter, a great Yankee player, was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Eli Manning retired from the Giants, they were just two of the biggest stars in New York.
Jeter had three World Series rings when Manning came as the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.
“[Jeter] my rookie year called me, when I was starting and I lost some games, “Manning recalled Friday, when he announced his retirement.” He told me about how it would be easier, stay on course, be yourself and keep working, and things get better . We have had a good relationship over the years. “
United as superstars who thrived in the pressure cooker, winning championships, placing their teammates first and avoiding problems, which has eaten so many teammates alive, Jeter and Manning maintained a private friendship over the years.
“After that, it was someone I saw up close,” Manning said. “How he behaved, how he dealt with the media, how he dealt with fans, how he worked hard, how he remained humble in all circumstances after so many championships he won that he was on top of the world.” I took many notes of how I handled New York. It has been a great role model for me all these years. “
Then, when Manning heard that Jeter was on a vote of a unanimous selection of the Hall of Fame of the Baseball Writers Association of America, he looked at the media crowd and broke.
“I’m just trying to figure out which one of you didn’t vote for him,” Manning said. “There is only one of you, so I know you are probably here.”
Manning’s Professional Football Hall of Fame candidacy has been a hotly debated topic this week and will remain so for the five-year waiting period. He has the statistics and the two MVPs of the Super Bowl to make it obvious, except for his regular season record of .500 and the lack of an All-Pro team.
The Giants will retire Manning No. 10 and incorporate it into the franchise’s Ring of Honor this season. But the Hall of Fame is decided by a panel of 48 voters.
In the typical Manning style, he took a viral issue of interest and set it aside.
“That is not a concern,” Manning said of his place in the Hall of Fame. “My focus now is to relive the great moments and great memories with my teammates and my family. I will let everything go well. “