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Manning, Coughlin are content

By Michael Whitmer
Globe Staff / February 7, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS - With two Super Bowl wins (both over the Patriots) and two game Most Valuable Player awards, Giants quarterback Eli Manning has bragging rights over his older brother, Peyton, who was named MVP when the Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

According to Eli, that doesn’t mean a thing.

“This isn’t about bragging rights,’’ he said at a news conference yesterday morning, at which he was presented another automobile for his second Super Bowl MVP honor.

“This is a lot bigger. This is about a team, an organization being named world champions, and that was the ultimate goal. That’s the only thing I care about, and Peyton and I both know that’s what the goal is every year. It’s not about anything else.’’

The Giants claimed a 21-17 victory over the Patriots Sunday night for the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl title.

Tom Coughlin, who became the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl (he’s 65), also was at the morning news conference, and praised Manning.

“He epitomizes everything that I believe in as a player,’’ Coughlin said. “In terms of the quality, the way he produces, the way he handles it among his teammates, on and off the field.

“He is confident. He is not arrogant. He has always thought about team first. He is the perfect guy in regard to that because he is continuously spreading things around. He hands the praise out, he distributes it well. He looks to his teammates. He is a guy who is an outstanding leader. He has taken responsibility for his team.’’

Coughlin was asked if he’ll be coaching the Giants next season. “I certainly hope so,’’ he said. “I do have some ownership that needs to give approval, but I’m looking forward to it.’’

Coughlin, who joked that he was only 45, said, “I mean, it’s what I do. So, the alternative I’ve never really given it a whole lot of consideration. [Coach] as long as I can.’’

Coughlin said he slept “about 15 minutes’’ Sunday night. “It was basically family, very close friends . . . as late as the hour was, being able to reminisce about the game, talk about the game and take great pride again in the outcome, and just relax a little bit, different from the way it’s been for the last six months.’’

Manning added, “A championship is a championship. Each one is special. Each one has special moments during the season and, obviously, different teammates. This year, I am just happy for a number of guys getting a championship.

“To give them that opportunity for these next five or six months, we can say, ‘Hey, we are the best. We are the champs.’ That’s a pretty nice feeling.’’

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