Eli Manning. (Photo: Getty Images)

Usually, alumni and people associated with the New York Giants have a tendency to support the franchise and bleed ‘Big Blue’ no matter what. But as Tuesday’s decision to bench quarterback Eli Manning shows, even unbridled loyalty has its limits.

Social media went off on the Giants and the decision by head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese to bench the four-time Pro Bowler Manning.

The Giants decision means that Sunday will mark the end of 210 consecutive starts for the two-time Super Bowl MVP. Giants fans were outraged by the decision to start Geno Smith, especially since Smith  is a known commodity around the league who has earned mixed reviews in his prior years with the New York Jets.

All of which led former players to take to social media on Tuesday in what can productively be described as venting but truthfully looked more like outrage.


No one seemed more heated than former Giants linebacker Carl Banks:

Former NFL linebacker and current NFL analyst London Fletcher offered a similar, albeit less incendiary response:

ESPN anchor and noted Giants fan Linda Cohn also didn’t hold back in her assessment of the situation:

Former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress also showed support for his former Giants quarterback while openly questioning the decision:

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