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Rashad Jennings Wrote An Entire Newspaper Article To Apologize To Eli

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Rashad Jennings: I’m sorry for throwing you under the bus, Eli

Giants running back Rashad Jennings will be providing a weekly column in The Post this season. This week, he addresses the confusion at the end of the Cowboys game and the fallout aimed at Eli Manning, after Jennings said the quarterback told him not to score in the final minutes. As told to Steve Serby.

First of all, let me say that I want to apologize from my heart for the negative light that I unintentionally cast my quarterback and friend Eli Manning in. I continue to have the utmost respect for him, and I have complete trust in his leadership. It is a strange and unwelcome feeling I have that after all these years as a professional football player, I finally get to experience the other side of how words can be misconstrued.

I see now how what I said could easily be misunderstood as an expression of resentment. I make no claims to be a perfect communicator. But I also assure that I had no ill will at all in stating what I did. Yet I admit in retrospect that I should not have shared that information with the world. I chose to do so, and for that choice, I am truly sorry.

As soon as I got word of the headlines, I called Eli, and before I could even begin to apologize, he basically expressed his understanding. Being the humble guy that he is, he wanted us to put this fiasco behind us with no hard feelings so that we could focus on the Falcons. That is why I am taking this opportunity to more formalize my apology to Eli, the team and the fans.

I also have apologized to Coach [Tom] Coughlin.

As professional competitors, our deep-rooted desire to win is usually our best friend. It can drive us to leave everything out there on the field. But sometimes, if we are not careful, it can consume us enough to lead us, in the heat of a moment, to say things that only our souls should hear.

I hope that those who have come to know me over the years will readily see that this is something that is uncharacteristic of me. I take full ownership of the fact that I didn’t handle things as I should have. And for that, again, I truly apologize to my quarterback, to my coach, to my team, and to our fans.

We all just want to win. And I truly believe that I have learned a very valuable lesson about just how delicate a balance we must maintain in keeping ourselves and our team focused on the preeminent goal of winning games.

Going forward, I determine to take what I have learned from this experience to do all that I can to contribute to the success of my team. We have Atlanta this week. What is most important is now ahead of us, and we cannot wait to get back to work.




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