Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten had a strong opinion about Eli Manning no longer starting at quarterback for the New York Giants.
Witten was drafted by the Cowboys the year before Manning was drafted by the Giants. They have played against each other twice a year since Manning became the Giants’ full-time starter in 2005.
“I just hate it as a competitor,” Witten said to NBC Sports’ Heather Cox. “I know what he’s all about. The bigger the moment the got, the better he played, and the class he did it with, I hate to see the way it went down for him.”
The Giants made the decision to take a look at their younger quarterbacks in game action. However, they offered Manning the opportunity to set the record for most all-time consecutive starts against the Oakland Raiders. He decided that he did not want to set the record in that way.
Many players have commented about what has happened to Manning. Los Angeles Charges quarterback Philip Rivers said Manning’s benching is “pathetic,” Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said that he’s thankful for his organization and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said that sports is not usually a place where the story ends happily ever after.