Manning Set To Retire From NFL; Hall Of Fame Bound?
Manning To Announce Retirement In Press Conference
After 16 seasons with the New York Giants, Eli Manning is calling it quits on his NFL career.
The 39-year-old passed the torch over to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones this season, and rather than continue in his role as a backup, Manning is set to announce his retirement at a Giants press conference on Friday morning.
Manning started just four games this season, which is the fewest since his rookie year. The long-time Giant was victorious in his final start for the team, taking down the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 15 to earn a career record of 117-117.
At this point, Manning has earned more than $250 million, the most in NFL history. Now, the two-time Super Bowl winner will aim to join his brother, Peyton, in the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame Case for Manning
When a notable NFL career ends, the conversation always centers on whether or not that player is worthy of a Hall of Fame induction. When it comes to Manning, that conversation will garner fierce arguments on either side.
If you believe Manning to be a Hall of Famer, the first things you point to are his two Super Bowl MVPs. It’s also undeniable that Manning was part of iconic NFL moments while pulling off shocking upsets over the 2007 and 2011 New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Because of his performances in those Super Bowl victories, Manning finds himself alongside Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Tom Brady, and Terry Bradshaw as one of just five players in NFL history with two or more Super Bowl MVPs.
Most Accomplished QB in Giants’ History
In addition to owning every major passing record in franchise history, Manning is ranked seventh in NFL history in completions (4,895), passing yards (57,023), and passing touchdowns (366).
In a career in which Manning went 8-4 in the playoffs, many consider the peak to be taking down Brady and the undefeated 2007 Patriots to earn Manning his first Super Bowl title.
Never missing a game due to injury, Manning was an NFL iron man who started 210 consecutive games from 2004 to 2017.
Manning now retires as the most accomplished quarterback in New York Giants history.
The Argument Against Eli
While nobody can take away Manning’s two Super Bowl MVPs, there’s a strong argument to be made that he doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame.
For starters, Manning finished as a .500 quarterback after compiling 117 wins and 117 losses. Manning and the Giants also went 48-67 over his final eight seasons.
Although Manning experienced two special playoff runs, he earned Pro Bowl honors only four times and was never an All-Pro. Additionally, Manning was never a season-long contender for league MVP.
Never The Best Player In The QB Position
Perhaps the most damning thing about Manning’s career is the fact that he was never the best player at his position, and you could easily argue that he wasn’t in the top four or five quarterbacks in any of his 16 seasons.
So, while we wait five years for Manning to become eligible for the Hall of Fame, the conversation will rage on about whether or not he deserves a bust in Canton, Ohio.