Unearthed photo shows young Daniel Jones in an Eli Manning jersey

Daniel Jones seemingly knew his future before anyone in the sports world did. 

Jones, the sixth-overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, made his first start for the New York Giants in Week 3 after the team elected to bench longtime quarterback Eli Manning.

On Tuesday, a photo posted to Twitter by Darren Rovell shows a much younger Jones donning the jersey of the quarterback he would go on to replace.

Rovell, previously an analyst for ESPN, called the image his "new favorite photo."

Jones, a native of North Carolina, was 7 years old when Manning made his first start for the Giants in 2004. Manning won two Super Bowls as New York's starting quarterback, but had struggled in recent seasons. The Giants fell to 0-2 in 2019 before swapping Manning out for Jones. 

The outfit in the photo was likely just a kid supporting a popular player at the time, but it's also a nice reminder to never stop following your dreams.

Related: Look back at Jones's first start for the Giants: 

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs 7-yards for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) pumps his fist after a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants waits in the tunnel before entering the playing field before the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. The Giants defeated the Buccaneers 32 to 31. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: A backview of Quarterbacks Daniel Jones #8 and Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. The Giants defeated the Buccaneers 32 to 31. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - SEP 22: Daniel Jones (8) of the Giants throws a pass during the regular season game between the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 22, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 22: Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants is hit by Shaquil Barrett #58 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 22: Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants looks on after winnoing a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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