Column: Sentimentality doesn't go far in the NFL

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2017, file photo, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a 2010 loss to the Washington Redskins, in an NFL football game in Landover, Md. The Giants are changing quarterbacks for first time in more than 13 years. Yes, Eli Manning is not going to start. The Giants announced on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, that Geno Smith will start in place of Manning when the Giants (2-9) face the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

%name Column: Sentimentality doesn't go far in the NFL

Eli Manning lasted a lot longer than most before being tossed onto the scrap heap that eventually claims almost everyone who has ever strapped on a helmet in the NFL.

Sentimentality doesn’t go far in the league, where what you’ve done in past Super Bowls isn’t nearly as important as what you did in your last game.

Manning probably understands that better than most, coming as he does from a royal family of NFL quarterbacks. It was just a few years ago that he watched from a distance as his brother was run out of Indianapolis after he was thought too old and decrepit to lead the Colts to another Super Bowl title.

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