Eli Manning is entering the final years of his time in the NFL with the New York Giants, which led to many believing the team would be drafting his replacement in this year's draft.
However, when this didn't happen, many people were baffled by the Giants' decision to have no backup plan to Manning in case he repeats his poor 2017 season.
Last season, the two-time Super Bowl winner passed for only 3,468 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions, and the Giants finished with a 3-13 record, their worst record with Manning as their quarterback.
Yet, the Giants quarterback is thankful that the team has faith in him next season, and he's used his brother, former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, as an example that quarterbacks can still play great at his age.
When Peyton was 37, the same age as Eli now, he was with the Broncos and passed for an NFL record of 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns during the 2013 season. This is an example which Eli wants to follow in 2018.
Manning said, via Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com: “You see that there doesn’t have to be a drop-off in play-making ability and running an offense and winning football games. You have to work extremely hard, but great things can happen.”
Overall though, the 37-year-old is grateful for the trust the Giants have shown in him and he plans on paying back that trust this upcoming season.
Manning said on SiriusXM NFL Radio’s The Opening Drive, via Clutch Sports: “It was kind of a vote of confidence in that they trusted in me that I can play at a high level, can win games, take us deep in playoffs and win championships and win championships still.
“And you know what? I want to prove them right and I want to make them look smart and make them to have made the right decision in doing that.
"I want to go out there and do great things, do my job and lead this team and make guys around me better and do what I’m supposed to do to put us in position to win those games.”
Manning said he isn’t making any plans about playing until a certain age because “each year is going to be a different story.” He currently has a contract with the team through until 2019.
The Giants would likely reevaluate the quarterback position once that contract is up, although if Eli is able to replicate what his brother did at 37, the team might not have to think twice about awarding him another deal.