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After the second of those defeats, Callahan recounts in his book, Eli walked into coach Tom Coughlin’s office, sank into a chair and said, “I played awful, Coach, but I’d like you to know something. I want to be the quarterback of the New York Giants. I want to be as good a quarterback for this team as I can possibly be.”

Seven years later, you would have to say he’s kept his word.