Eli Manning, Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XLVI MVP, is confident commissioner Roger Goodell will put an end to the practice which saw Saints players paid bonuses for injuring opposing players.
“It’s not good for football and can’t be a part of football,” Manning told the New York Post. “I know Roger Goodell will do a good job figuring all this out and making sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Manning’s hometown Saints are awaiting punishment from the NFL for former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ bounty program, which spanned his tenure with the team from 2009-11.
“When you start talking about injuring a guy and carting him off and trying to end his season or career, that’s not what this game is about,” Manning said. “I think we should have more respect for the game than that.”
Speaking at a screening of their Super Bowl victory in New York’s Times Square, Giants defenders said their team had no bounty program.
“It’s kind of unfortunate something like that has been brought upon this league,” safety Antrel Rolle said. “There’s no price you can put on it, the health of another opponent.”