If there was any question about their commitment to their new team or any concern about them enjoying the afterglow of their Super Bowl victory, Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs put that to rest over the last two months. Both former Giants skipped the team's ring ceremony in May, and neither was on hand when the 2011 Giants visited the White House Friday.
Jacobs said last month that it didn't take long for him to feel like a 49er. Jim Harbaugh's we-are-family style took hold immediately, he said. And besides, the spring practices were so intense and demanding that he had to focus on the task at hand. (He said he wasn't thinking about the Giants, although he had Oct. 14 - the day the Giants visit Candlestick Park - at the top of his memory bank).
Manningham also is consciously trying to shove 2011 to the far back of his mind. The Merc's Dan Brown recently wrote a fantastic piece detailing Manningham's famous Super Bowl reception. Manningham, however, didn't seem at all interested in re-living his six-month-old glory. "I don't ignore it. I know what I did: I won a Super Bowl with a nice catch," he said. "But I'm trying to get another one, man."
-- Matt Barrows