When former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning joined SiriusXM NFL Radio with hosts Bob Papa and Charlie Weis on Monday morning, the focus from the very beginning was on giving back.
“I just appreciate all the people who are putting their lives on the line and doing things to help get this country back on track,” Manning said at the start of the interview.
Manning has teamed up with former Giants and the poverty-fighting organization Robin Hood NYC to create a virtual telethon that will air live next Monday, May 11 from 7-8 p.m. EST. Hosted by Tina Fey, the event, known as Rise Up New York! will directly support New Yorkers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Other participating celebrities include Jimmy Fallon, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Robert De Niro, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel and New York City mayor Bill De Blasio, among others.
The benefit will air nationally on CNBC and locally for New Yorkers on all local broadcast stations.
Manning started a GoFundMe page with Michael Strahan to to help raise money and he said that he has been in contact with former Giants so that they can help spread information on next Monday’s event on their social media channels.
“People have to step up and raise to this occasion to help your neighbor,” Manning said.
“From a Giants standpoint and my teammates, these are the people that have cheered for us and been there for us in tough times and celebrated with us when we’ve won championships and gone through the Canyon of Heroes. They were there cheering for us and had our back during rough times and supported us during tough times and now it’s our time to return that favor. They need our help.”
After promoting Rise Up New York!, Manning shared his thoughts on some of the recent draft moves in the 2020 NFL Draft.
He compared the Green Bay Packers’ decision to draft Utah State quarterback Jordan Love to when the Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers while Brett Favre was still at the helm.
“There’s certain parts of this game, as you get older in age, you just have to accept the reality that team’s are going to start looking to the future,” Manning said. “They have to start planning. In some ways, you have to look at it as a compliment that they want to draft a young quarterback and let him sit under you for a few years like Aaron did with Favre.”
As a former No. 1 overall pick himself, Manning also shared some advice that he would give to this year’s No. 1 pick, Joe Burrow.
“I think the number one thing is that you want to come in and you want to be a leader and have that presence in the locker room, in the huddle,” Manning said. “But you also have to earn the respect of your teammates before you start coaching them up. You have to go in, keep your head down. It’s so important to earn the respect of your teammates before you can become the quarterback you need to be in this league.”
And in relation to the Giants, Manning said that he believes it will be easier for Daniel Jones to step up as a leader this year because now he is in charge. Manning said that he likes the changes to the Giants coaching staff and believes the likes of Joe Judge and Jason Garrett will help turn the team around.
For now though, Manning is enjoying taking time off and he is looking forward to being able to experience the fall season for the first time in 16 years. He plans to attend some Ole Miss football games and spend time with his family.