New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning will go down as one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in this storied franchises' history.
A winner to two Superbowl's and two Superbowl MVP's, Manning has been nothing but the consummate professional since he entered the NFL in 2004.
If you follow NFL football, you'll know that past few seasons haven't been great for Manning and Giants. And this year started no better.
And starting 0-2, the Giants decided to bench their long-time quarterback, replacing him with Daniel Jones, the sixth pick in this years NFL draft.
Yesterday, I listened to a locker room interview with Manning as he showed the world, once again, how to be a professional, a great teammate, and how to put the team in front of the individual.
In this day and age, this is rare. And the attitude of "me first" and putting oneself before the team is plaguing everything down to youth sports.
You see it as early as little league and into high school sports. Kids jump teams because they don't think they are playing enough or can't deal with competing for the position they want to play.
One of my favorite sayings in these situations is you have to "give them no choice." Meaning if you want a spot on a team, if you're going to be recognized as a great contributor in anything you do, it's your responsibility. Ninety-nine percent of the time you can't blame it on anything else.
Manning is a competitive elite athlete. He's disappointed. It never feels good to be demoted, especially in the national spotlight.
But, I admire his ability to keep it about the team, helping Daniel Jones become a better player, and about figuring out a way to get his team back to winning games.
Take note, especially young athletes. This is how you handle adversity. You don't cry and blame things on everyone else. You do what's best for your team, continue to work hard, and work to the point where the team has no choice but to put you back where you belong.