Longtime New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin had his farewell press conference today after 12 years on the job and two Super Bowl championships, and his star quarterback got a bit emotional. The Associated Press released Coughlin’s brief address on YouTube and once he started talking about Eli Manning, the camera cut to the noticeably tearful quarterback.
Though we all make fun of Eli Manning for just being generally awkward-looking and making weird faces, there’s no doubt to how strong a relationship he and Coughlin have. Coughlin was the Giants’ coach when Manning made his NFL debut back in 2004 and the two have accomplished so much together. Two Super Bowl wins, trips to the playoffs, Manning’s being named a Pro Bowler three times en route to being the best quarterback in Giants history, the list goes on.
That said, like anyone would be after such a ride together, Manning’s having a hard time saying goodbye to the only NFL coach he’s known for his career. The good news is that, like Coughlin said, the quarterback is the consummate professional.
Thus, look for Manning to shake this off quickly and definitely have a hand in who the Giants hire to be Coughlin’s successor.
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