The Giants have finally gotten some credit. A year after sending just one player to the Pro Bowl in…
Pro Bowl Profiles: Offense
Manning will join his brother, Peyton Manning of Indianapolis and the AFC squad, to become the first two quarterback-playing brothers to play in the same Pro Bowl.
"It should be fun," Manning said. "He has been before and I have heard the stories about what a great time it is and what a neat experience it is, so I am looking forward to enjoying that. Being there with him should be a neat experience and something that I am looking forward to when it comes up."
Manning is the first Giants quarterback to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Phil Simms in 1993.
Eli Manning has never attended a Pro Bowl.
"Peyton has invited me before," Manning said, "but I wanted to go when I made it on my own."
He earned his way this year by completing 261-of-433 passes (60.3 percent) for 2,938 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a passer rating of 86.4. The completion percentage and rating are career highs. Manning has led a Giants offense that has been ranked among the top 10 in the NFL all season. The Giants have scored 374 points, the league's fourth-highest total.
Snee has been an alternate before but this was the year for him to finally be recognized for his tremendous play in the interior of New York's offensive line. Snee's pulling ability, toughness and strong knack for pass protecting has made him one of the more successful – and popular – linemen in the game.
"Obviously it is an honor," Snee said. "It is a weird feeling after growing up watching all your favorite players play in the game and now you are actually a part of it. I know that it is a reflection of the group that we have and the offense, but in particular all those guys on the offensive line who play around me. It is a true honor for all of us."
Snee is the first Giants guard to earn a Pro Bowl trip since Ron Stone in 2001.
"I think Chris has been deserving of it for a couple of years and I am glad that he is finally getting the recognition that he deserves," O'Hara said. "I wish that all of us could go and I certainly think that being able to go with him is going to make it even more special. I certainly wouldn't be as good a football player if it wasn't for Chris and Rich both. I think in addition to those guys, a lot of the credit has to go to Pat Flaherty, our O-line coach, and our assistant coach, Dave DeGuglielmo. I think we are a direct reflection of those guys."
Like Snee, O'Hara is another player that might have gotten his first Pro Bowl nod a year later than deserved. However, the underrated center has finally gained enough credit for anchoring perhaps the game's best offensive line that he'll be packing his packs in early February.
"It is definitely an honor to be voted in, but I think the honor really stretches more for my group as an offensive line," O'Hara said. "I am honored on behalf of the group and really just as a team. I think the number of guys from this team that are nominated is a direct reflection of that team and winning."
O'Hara becomes the first Giants center to go to the game since Bart Oates in 1993.
The main beneficiary of all of O'Hara's and Snee's hard work was pleased to see them both recognized.
"Our offensive line has played tremendous this year, so O'Hara and Chris are very deserving," Manning said. "I am excited that they are being recognized for their great play. They definitely deserve it."
The offensive line is an extremely close-knit group and the two Pro Bowlers were quick to cite the efforts of the men they work with – LT David Diehl, LG Rich Seubert and RT Kareem McKenzie.
"In my opinion, all five of us were deserving of the honor," Snee said. "But it will be nice to have Shaun there and hopefully the other guys will tag along, too."
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