Eli Manning has made it possible to care about New York football again. It’s not that New Yorkers are front-runners or fair-weather fans. Sure, we demand a lot of our teams, but we also accept a lot less. No matter how much we complain about the Knicks, we’ll still wait until next year to see how far they get. When Eli Manning, a star University of Mississippi quarterback, was the first pick in the 2004 NFL draft, the city waited expectantly to see how he’d deliver. As it turns out, Mr. Manning—whose background is so comically not New York that it became the central factor of his riotous appearance on SNL—represents everything our fair city wants, and needs. He always seems cool and composed under pressure, and he knows how to lead a late-game comeback with flair. Mr. Manning led the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl victories, put some kind of hex on Tom Brady and even made the Giants into lovable (and, more importantly, victorious) underdogs. That’s pretty impressive. Mr. Manning may be un-New York, but to us, he’ll be a New Yorker for life.