The Giants QB has been busy this off-season. Manning led team workouts, played a cop in DIRECTV commercials and became a father.
Dan Patrick: What impact will the lockout have on young players?
Eli Manning: That's one of my biggest concerns. Even the guys who are going into their second year, they're missing a full spring. When they first get here, everything's thrown at them and they've got so much going on at one time. That second year they can concentrate on things and really grow. [For the rookies] it's going to be like a redshirt year because they're going to come into training camp and everything is going to be brand new.
DP: Who would be more welcome back with the Giants, Plaxico Burress or Tiki Barber?
EM: Probably Plaxico because he [left] fonder memories, winning a Super Bowl. Tiki ended on a bad note. It's really a shame. He should be remembered as a great Giants running back. He went out burning a few bridges with the fans. He kind of went after me a little bit, and it's unfortunate.
DP: Did you turn Barber's criticism into a positive for yourself?
EM: You try to. When I responded, guys liked to see that from me since I'd always been pretty quiet and never really tried to create any controversy. I just felt that this was a little bit different. This wasn't a media guy or a reporter. This was a teammate coming after me.
DP: Barber may have ripped you to prove he wasn't afraid to go after his former team.