Like many other important NFL deals, another key deal was finalized on Saturday. Mario Cashmere Manningham, American football wide receiver, has signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
Mario Manningham was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He was somewhat unfortunate that he didn’t receive lucrative opportunities in his first year, but he still worked hard to prove his mettle. Manningham caught 18 touchdown passes the following three seasons, as well as three postseason touchdowns during the Giants' 2011-12 playoff run. He won Super Bowl XLVI for the Giants, catching a crucial 38-yard pass with less than four minutes remaining to set up the Giants' game-winning drive.
Mario Manningham, after the Giants' 21-17 victory, said, "On the sideline they were going like this [gesturing a successful catch], so I knew I was in." Manningham further said, "It was a perfect throw. They rolled into cover-two at the last minute and I saw the corner was acting like he was going to backpedal, but he came up to play Cover-2, and I extended to the side a little bit and worked him outside. Eli just put the ball on the money. Great pass protection, great ball. I knew where I was on the sideline. I knew I didn't have that much room. Good thing I wear [shoe size] 11s, because if I wore 11.5s, I don't think I'd have been in."
Statistically speaking, Manningham has performed exceptionally well. He caught five passes for 73 yards in the game, 13 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns in the postseason. When the Giants defeated the 49ers in the NFC Championship game, San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith threw nine passes to his wide receivers and completed just one for three yards. Mario Manningham is known to be much more productive than his counterparts and this must have impressed San Francisco 49ers.
Mario Cashmere Manningham is pretty excited about his new deal. He plans to give his 100 percent and win for his team. He appreciates the efforts his coaching staff has put in him and attributes a part of his success to that.
Speaking about coaching and mentorship, Manningham said, "With a team like this and the coaching staff we have, good players and great attitudes, which stuff lingers around the locker room. Once everyone wants to win and starts playing to their potential, that's when you realize you can do this."