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Manning on Cowboys Stadium Autograph: "Not Trying To Do Anything Disrespectful"

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    A few around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex had their feathers ruffled last year when, following the Giants’ 33-31 victory over Dallas in the Cowboys Stadium opener, Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning signed a wall outside the visitors locker room, adding the date, “9-20-09,” and the message, “First win in the new stadium.”

    Manning, who claimed at the time that it was a tradition in many cities to sign a wall in the underbelly of the stadium, and that he had been asked to do it, was asked again about the incident in a conference call with Dallas reporters on Wednesday.

    "I’ve done it at a lot of different places around the NFL and I thought they were starting a new tradition," Manning said, per ESPN Dallas. "So it will be interesting to see if anybody else has signed the wall, or if I’m the only one, or if they erased it."

    Well, that’s one mystery we can solve: the autograph has since been painted over. We guess the Cowboys are not much for this particular tradition. Either that, or they don’t want to think about that September night ever again--and really, we can't rightly blame them. As for Manning, he maintains that he was not trying to disrespect Jerry's fancy new digs.

    "It’s not right in the locker room, it’s in the locker room attendant’s own little locker room in the back," Manning said. "It’s not like I was trying to do anything disrespectful to their new stadium by any means."

     

     

     

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