The first overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft Eli Manning is retiring from the game of football. While he achieved much success, his career didn’t end on a high note. For many years, there’s been speculation over whether or not he’s a hall of famer.
The downfall to Manning’s career came when he had endured a horrible O-Line year in and year out. The Giants offensive line had an average rank of about 23rd in the league over the last 5 seasons. You cannot expect any quarterback to have stellar numbers if they don’t have protection.
Manning is one of only 12 quarterbacks in NFL history to win more than one Super Bowl. In addition, he’s one of the eight QBs already eligible for the hall of fame. Manning not only won two Super Bowls, but he was the MVP both times. Furthermore, he twice toppled the greatest dynasty in NFL history, the Bill Belichick-led New England Patriots. He is one of only five multiple Super Bowl MVPs in history.
Manning never missed a game because of an injury, starting 210 straight games, before sitting for one week in 2017. He ranks seventh in NFL history with 57,023 passing yards and eighth with 366 touchdown passes. Every eligible QB who’s reached either 50,000 passing yards or 300 TD passes makes it into the hall of fame.
From 2005 through 2012 in his first eight seasons as a full-time starting quarterback the Giants never had a losing season. Manning made his first three Pro Bowls during that eight-year stretch. Only three QBs won more games during that span and they are Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.
There’s two reasons why many say he’s not worthy of being a hall of famer; his .500 record at 117–117, and his high interception rate at 244 which is 12th all time. The all-time interceptions list includes six of the other quarterbacks in the hall of fame and future hall of famer Peyton Manning above him. By the end of next season unless Brees plays perfect he will move past Eli on the interception list.
Eli Manning was an underrated spectacle. While he had many woes in his career, he did accomplish a lot and made an impact in the sport of Football. Much like his brother Peyton, Eli was one of a kind.