Jerry Jones has seen the Dallas Cowboys go up against the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning many times, and will always remember how Manning spoiled the opening of what is now called AT&T Stadium.
Jones was finally getting to show off what was then a one-of-a-kind stadium, with television so big that punts clanged off of it, and a strong Cowboys team. They went 11-5 that year, but the Giants spoiled their regular debut at the stadium in a 33-31 victory.
Manning was great throwing for 330 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with leading a game-winning drive. After the game, he literally left his signature behind.
“We were blessed with Eli’s signature of the locker,” Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr. “And I’m proud of it. I’m proud of it. I wouldn’t take anything for it.”
The Cowboys’ next game is Week 14 against the Giants, but Manning will not be on the field. The Giants have decided that they want to see what they have in their younger quarterbacks during the final five games of the season.
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten doesn’t appear to be looking forward to playing against Geno Smith. When asked about Manning’s benching he told NBC Sports’ Heather Cox, “I hate it,” .
Manning was offered the opportunity to start on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders to pass Jim Otto for most consecutive starts in NFL history, but he declined.