Ex-Giants quarterback Eli Manning controversially supports use of turf, despite outrage from some NFL players after Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles in Jets’ win vs. Bills

  • Eli Manning played most of his career at MetLife Stadium for New York Giants 
  • Aaron Rodgers tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg on the turf last Monday
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Eli Manning doesn’t usually color outside the lines but the former Giants quarterback has when it comes to the NFL’s turf war.

Many current players have long complained — and again recently — about playing on turf. 

The perpetual debate has came to the fore Monday night as Aaron Rodgers tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg on the MetLife Stadium turf. 

Manning has zigged while most of the modern-day NFL has zagged. Though, he does have support from two All-Pros, more on that later.

‘I think the turf, it gives you a reliable field all the time,’ the two-time Super Bowl champ told the Front Office Sports Today podcast.

Former Giants quarterback believes there is some merit to having turf at MetLife Stadium

‘The Giants played in that same stadium in a big rain storm,’ Manning added. ‘If you played that game and you had to play another game on Monday night on the same field, it would be ripped up and muddy and wet and all messed up anyways. So I think it eliminates that. 

Rodgers’ former teammate David Bakhtiari blasted the league shortly following the stunning injury to No. 8. 

‘Congrats @nfl,’ Bakhtiari wrote on X. ‘How many more players have to get hurt on ARTIFICIAL TURF??!… I’m sick of this. Do better!’ 

The stadium’s slit film synthetic turf was replaced by monofilament prior to this season after some Giants players tested new surfaces, and many other NFL stars had complained. 

Not all football players are unhappy. Some willfully accept the inherent risks of the profession and want to go to battle for their teams. These individuals include stud Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Cowboys All-Pro pass rusher Micah Parsons. 

‘It’s a football game. I’m prepared to put the quarterback down…. It could be on concrete for all I care, like I don’t really care,’ Williams told Jets reporters this week. 

‘That’s my preference, that’s my opinion. I love this football game, I love football in general and just competing, and that’s all I’m worried about is just playing football.’

Parsons played on the surface wherein Rodgers’ season went to (likely) die a night prior. His feelings echoed that of Williams. 

Micah Parsons

Quinnen Williams

Both Micah Parsons (L) & Quinnen Williams (R) could care less about what surface they play on

‘At the end of the day growing up, I never said “we have rocks on the field, am I not going to play?'” Parsons said Thursday. 

‘Honestly, it is what it is. I’m going out there getting paid to do a job. I’m not worried about the conditions of the field. It could be raining, it could be snowing. You’re getting paid to do a job and perform. 

‘If something happens to me, it’s supposed to happen. I’m not saying it shouldn’t happen because of this [the field surface]. I live by faith, not by sight. It is what it is. I’m going to play on what I got.’ 

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