Mario Manningham was anything but reserved when it came to discussing how he felt about playing his old team.
The former New York Giants wide receiver who made one of the most significant catches in the franchise’s post-season history signed with San Francisco in the off-season. Yes, he went behind enemy lines.
When asked what he’s looking forward to about Sunday’s clash between his new and former teams, Manningham said it was a dream.
“Oh man, that’s a player’s dream — to go out and beat their old team,’’ Manningham said. “That’s a player’s dream. We play the Dolphins (later this season) and that’s Ted’s (Ted Ginn Jr.) old team. We played Minnesota and play New England and those are Randy (Moss’) old teams. Now my time is up.
“I’m going to go out there and play my butt off, plain and simple. Do I have a grudge? No. But am I motivated? Yes. I’m motivated by this game. Who wouldn’t be motivated by playing their old team?”
Manningham has been a key addition to the Niners as they upgraded their aerial attack in the off-season. He wasn’t the only Giant to switch from Big Blue to red.
Running back Brandon Jacobs also signed a one-year deal to back up Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter, though he has yet to see the field this season.
While Manningham was motivated to face his former club, Jacobs — well, let’s just say the feelings aren’t exactly the same.
“It would be different if things were different, put it that way,” said Jacobs. “I don’t have any thoughts on it.”
“It would disappoint me a lot (not to play the Giants),” he said. “But like I said, it’s not my call.”