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.