When the Giants won SuperBowl 42 I couldn't get enough of the glowing reviews about Eli all over TV and the radio. The one interview that stuck with like glue til this day is the interview Francesa had with Ernie right before the draft that year.
I was dying to hear what Ernie thought of the win so I listen ever so carefully. Francesa asked Ernie about the evaluation process in drafting Eli and he responded (I'm paraphrasing here):
Was Ernie on point or what? That says it all!I saw Eli play one of first games at Ole Miss. The team was down by five touchdowns in the first half. The coach, David Cutcliffe, puts in Eli in the middle of the 3rd quarter. Eli then proceeds to throw 5 touchdowns in the second half to almost pull out the win.
After the game the opposing coach walks up to shake hands with coach David Cutcliffe and says " Thank God we didn't see that kid the whole game".
That game told me what I would eventually find out about Eli and it's summed up in one phrase "We evaluate the quarterback position by his ability to lead his team down the field and score with the game on the line.