Ahead of Ring of Honor ceremony, Giants' Daniel Jones shares his biggest takeaway from Eli Manning's mentorship

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While it may be a critical game for the Giants already in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, what will occur at halftime will make everyone forget about that for at least 15 minutes or so.

Eli Manning will be the center of attention.

The Giants legend will officially have his No. 10 retired by the organization at halftime, as he joins the other greats in the Ring of Honor. Co-owner John Mara said during Manning's retirement following the 2019 season that no one would ever wear No. 10 again, and after winning two Super Bowls with MVP awards in both of those championship games and playing 16 seasons with the organization, it's more than deserved for him.

And his heir to the quarterback throne, Daniel Jones, thinks the same.

"I’m excited. Really cool to see, will be a really cool moment," he said after Wednesday's practice. "Obviously a legend of this game, a legend of this franchise. What he represented, how he played for so long. Being able to be with him my first year was awesome for me, was a huge opportunity and it will be cool to see him recognized.”

Being able to be mentored by Manning in 2019, especially as the Giants lifer took a backseat to Jones in Week 3 when the No. 6 overall pick was named starter by former head coach Pat Shurmur, is priceless for Jones. Asked what he learned from Manning, Jones pointed to preparation each week as the key takeaway.

"I think it was just day in and day out the way he prepared and the way he carried himself," he explained. "I think anyone would expect a guy that successful, who’s played that long at a high level, has a certain way to prepare and I think that’s expected.

"But being able to see it day to day and him go about it. Being able to see him interact with teammates, interact with people in the facility, the staff members and the leader that he was in all aspects of the organization and for this team.”

Eli Manning during retirement announcement
Eli Manning during retirement announcement

And even when he did assume the backup role, Jones saw the same work ethic from Manning, knowing full well that he was calling it quits anyway when the season ended.

"Consistent. Extremely consistent," Jones said. "He never got bored with doing the fundamental things on the field whether it was footwork, working on something as simple as a three-step drop or a five-step drop. You hear him talking about his footwork a lot and a lot of those things and I remember that sticking with me early on. This is a guy that’s played a lot and he’s still focused on day one fundamentals, the little things. The little things were always extremely important.

"Just a tremendous opportunity to learn and be able to talk to him and ask him questions. Watch how he went about his work and how he carried himself.”

Today, Manning is still involved with the Giants, but he's not as available for Jones. The current signal caller said they stay in touch here and there, but Manning is busy with gigs like his new ESPN Monday Night Football show with his brother, Peyton, which has been fun and engaging in the first two weeks.

But there's no doubt Jones is appreciative of what he learned from Manning in his first season -- that work ethic, leadership, and of course, all the various accomplishments and broken franchise records that will be celebrated at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Unfortunately, Jones said that he likely won't sneak out early at halftime to see it, as he looks to make second half adjustments against the Falcons.

Manning wouldn't have it any other way.