I hate to be late to a party, but I’ll admit I kept waiting on this one because I kept thinking it might flame out.
Count me in on the party…but only because I’ve spent the last week learning more about Jeremy Lin the fighter than Jeremy Lin the man-of-the-moment New York Knick Rock Star. Lin’s face is everywhere. The Knicks point guard has taken the world by storm. He has led the Knicks to a 7-2 record since he became a starter. His highlights include hitting a game-winning 3 pointer at the buzzer to beat the Toronto Raptors and nationally televised wins over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers and the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. During this time Lin became the first NBA player to score at least 20 points and have seven assists in each of his first five starts. Ever.
In August 2011 Manning was being interviewed on New York City’s ESPN 1050 Radio by Michael Kay.
“Is Eli Manning an elite quarterback? Are you a top 5, a top 10 quarterback?” Kay asked.
Manning simply replied “Yeah…”
The firestorm from that one-word answer lasted all season…especially when the Giants were floundering at 7-7 and looked like their playoff hopes were dashed. But every time a reporter or fan threw his answer back at him, Eli stood strong. “I believe I am,” is all he said.
Welcome to the first installment of what I hope will become a go-to blog for you.
My name is Don Yaeger and I'm a seven-time New York Times best-selling author and longtime associate editor of Sports Illustrated. Some people study academics, some people study mathematics, some study art…
I've been fortunate to study WINNERS!