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BQB-Site would like to congratulate New York Giants backup quarterback Anthony Wright and his teammates for winning Super Bowl XLII 17-14 over the heavily favored New England

February 3, 2008

(Philadelphia, Pa) ---  The 88th season of the NFL concluded with an unbelievable finish as the New York Giants (13-6) proved the world of experts wrong — including yours truly — by beating the heavily favored New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII. The G-Men preserved the perfection honor of the 1972 Dolphins as they knocked the Patriots (18-1) championship perfection express off the tracks with a dominating defensive effort. The Giants were led by veteran defensive captain Michael Strahan (3 tackles with 1 sack) and defensive end Justin Tuck (two sacks, six tackles, one forced fumble) with the Steve Spagnuolo making all the right calls that produced 5 sacks. “Golden Boy” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was hit again and again (16 hits in all) as his stable of all-star receivers could not get open fast enough.  Riding a wave of confidence from their tough 38-35 home loss to the Patriots in week 17, the disrespected Giants — first NFC wildcard team to win Super Bowl– and their beleaguered duo of head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning answered the 88th NFL season’s moniker/question “Who Wants It More?” The upstart “road warrior” New York Giants (won an NFL record 11 straight games) are now World Champions and one word “Hungry” personifies this team. The entire country and media (record 4,786 credentialed media members including 116 international media organizations) were fixated on the Patriots quest for perfection giving the Giants a slim to known chance of winning. But the hungry G-Men remembered that games are played on the field and brought their lunch pale to go to work on the borderline cocky Patriots.

The Giants started with an opening drive that lasted 16 plays and took a Super Bowl record 9:59 off the clock and never looked back. Manning (19-34, 255, 2 TD, 1 INT) was gritty and never made the mistake that so many doubters predicted. He truly showed his mettle in the fourth quarter leading the Giants comeback from a 14-10 deficit concluding a “white knuckle” drive with a perfect 13-yard touchdown fade route to his favorite target Plaxico “the predictor” Burress that made the final deficit of 17-14. On the drive Manning — known until recently more for being Peyton’s little brother or the ornery first player taken in the 2004 draft — was 5-9 for 79 yards with a huge touchdown and one big “shut up” for his haters. The magical game-winning 12-play, 83-yard drive was a test of will that the G-Men passed as they converted three third downs.

No matter what anyone has said about Manning in the past, he now will go down in the pantheon of Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks (22 of the 42 MVPs have been quarterbacks) after answering his critics loudly. On the game-winning drive Manning miraculous pulled away from Patriots defensive end Jarvis Green, who had two large handfuls of the Giants quarterbacks jersey. Manning threw up a prayer over the middle that was answered by special teamer turned receiving star David Tyree (3 catches for 43 yards, 1 TD, 1 Tackle) who earlier had caught the Giants first touchdown earlier in the fourth quarter. Tyree catch the 32-yard jump ball against his helmet as Rodney Harrison pulled and prodded unsuccessfully at the G-Men’s tough guy. The play ignited the Giants sideline and showed that the New Yorkers would not be denied.

New York Giants backup quarterback Anthony Wright now joins the below list of African American quarterbacks that won Super Bowl rings.

Joe Gilliam, Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X
Doug Williams, Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XX
Tony Banks, Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl XXXV
Shaun King, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Super Bowl XXXVII
Joe Hamilton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Super Bowl XXXVII (I/R)
Rohan Davey, New England Patriots, Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX
Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steeler, Super Bowl XL
Anthony Wright, New York Giants, Super Bowl XLI


--- Submitted by Lloyd Vance





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