Eli Manning is in the news for an issue that the media-savvy quarterback is desperately trying to avoid which is compensation. Reports have surfaced in various online sports publications that he wants to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL but ironically he denies that he or his agent ever made such a statement (Yahoo Sports – August 19).
To some football observers and fans it seems as if he is trying to protect his image in the hyper-sensitive
New York market as he does not want to be viewed as a ‘greedy’ individual to fans despite being one of
the few quarterbacks in the NFL with two Super Bowl rings to his credit.
His denial is getting much attention as some fans wonder why he would object as he has accomplished the impressive of feat of winning regularly while playing under the harsh scrutiny of the New York media and it also brings attention to his desire to be liked by fans, teammates and even the media.
Eli Manning is known as a quiet, modest individual who is popular in the locker room and who to some football observers looks very interested in being a television football commentator similar to ex-NFL superstar turned Fox NFL number one football commentator Troy Aikman. As such, being liked by fans is very important to Eli Manning’s post-football career as fans generally don’t want to support someone whom they view as greedy even if they actually deserve to be compensated as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL if not the best.
Eli Manning, a quarterback stuck in the conundrum of fighting for deserved compensation but trying to avoid looking greedy and selfish so he can protect his image for his post-playing ventures.