Davis Webb started his collegiate career at Texas Tech University for three years, playing 10 games in his freshman season and sparingly the next two. Webb transferred to Cal to be the starter for his senior year. In 2017, he was drafted by the New York Giants in the 3rd round. Then general manager Jerry Reese thought the 6-5 Texan could possibly develop into the heir to Eli Manning's quarterback throne. As we know, that didn't work out. On Sunday, Davis Webb had the job of filling in for Daniel Jones, as the Giants rested 19 of their starting 22 players, in anticipation of next week's playoff game against Minnesota.
It was my third year working New York Giants training camp, as part of my responsibilities as the Associate Athletic Director at the University at Albany. Back then, from the beginning of July until mid-August, the Giants' front office personnel would occupy the athletic administration offices of the Great Danes and many of us had camp responsibilities. In those days, there were two-a-day practices and about three to five thousand fans would show up each day to see head coach Tom Coughlin and his team.
In 2016, New York Giants fans were more than dreaming about Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning combining to win a Super Bowl for Big Blue. The 11-6 Giants were taking on Aaron Rodgers and the 11-6 Green Bay Packers in an NFC Wild Card match-up. Then, days before the Giants first playoff game in five years, controversy struck with OBJ smack in the middle.
Is it probably against the rules? Yes. Was it the highlight of ESPN executives' days? Probably not.
Was it hilarious, genuine, and a prime example of why the Manningcast is a refreshing sports media product? Absolutely.
"NFL Royalty", that's how New York Post sportswriter Paul Schwartz described retired New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on The Drive with Charlie & Dan today. Manning will have his iconic #10 retired and his name will be the 43 Giants player placed in the legendary franchise's "Ring of Honor" this Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. #10 led his teams to two Super Bowl victories, including his 2011 team that will be celebrated later in the season.