Eli Retires

Eli Manning will officially retire Friday at a press conference.

I’m not surprised as he has won two titles and earned the most money to date of any NFL player.  The only question that remains is if he makes the Hall of Fame, and unless he found a team that could win a Super Bowl next year, and wanted him to start, I don’t think he could improve on the case his career has already made, and he probably would have hurt it.  Joe Namath is in the Hall of Fame and I think Eli should be too.  He’s one of five players to win multiple Super Bowl MVP’s- Tom Brady, obviously not yet eligible, is the only one besides Eli not in the Hall of Fame.

I’m not sure, Giants fans ever really got Eli.  He did his job, week after week, and did it well.  He made over 200-straight career starts, which looks even better when you consider the fact that Daniel Jones couldn’t make even ten-straight. When the pressure was on, he delivered.  He is the best QB this franchise ever produced, and outside of LT, probably it’s greatest player.

Yes, he wasn’t as good as his brother, but how many QBs were?  (I would say Peyton is in a class with Brady, Montana, Unitas, and Marino) For 16 seasons the Giants had an answer for the toughest job in sports and Eli handled it with class and humility.  The Giants and New York will really miss him.

 

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  • blmeanie  On January 23, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    everything you said about his career is correct and accurate except his deserving to get in the hall. He did win 2 SB and 2 SB MVPs although in both games an amazing catch late could have provided the receiver with the MVP but that is another story…
    I prefer to rely on hall of fame requirements that you hear a lot on talk radio, things like, was he in the top 5 of his position in any part of his era. What was his peak? How long?
    Most of the “yes” arguments are due to his incredible longevity and health despite getting sacked and hit so much. I applaud him for those things. His record, while not all on a QB, isn’t good.
    I just don’t believe he should be in. I don’t disagree that other quarterbacks are in that had equal or lesser careers, doesn’t make it right though.

    you also say, “He is the best QB this franchise ever produced, and outside of LT, probably it’s greatest player.” Neither of those statements should push him into the Hall.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 24, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      The problem with the top-5 thing is that you have to consider the era. I would say you have at least two of the greatest QBs ever in this era, and maybe three if you add Brees to Brady and Peyton. It’s a tough group to crack. Conversely, consider the 80’s where Boomer Esiason was routinely a top-5 QB.

  • blmeanie  On January 24, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    but isn’t part of it – how you compare to your immediate peers?

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 24, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      Yes, but if immediate peers are immortals, that elevates your case.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 24, 2020 at 10:06 pm

      Here’s an interesting stat. Len Dawson is the only QB in the HOF who didn’t play with another HOF player on offense.

      Unless OBJ makes it, Eli would be the second.

  • blmeanie  On January 24, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    it isn’t like he was third behind two immortals, he was, most years somewhere in the 6-12 range of QB in the league. There are a bunch of good QBs with him that are not truly great.

  • blmeanie  On January 25, 2020 at 8:28 am

    yeah, I’m not saying 100% he shouldn’t be in, complicated, especially as the focal point in a large team game. Put him up against Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan. Both Rivers and Ryan have stats, plenty of stats. Ryan has an MVP, actually stat wise, well deserved for that year (don’t get me going on all his shortcomings). All three have had wonderful careers with many shining moments. Throw out Ryan’s MVP for a moment, I don’t think overall any of these three are, by my definition, hall of famers. Back to your original post, using who already is in, maybe, sure, they get in. Both baseball and football now seemingly have the problem of generational comparisons and “if he got in, why not this guy?” logic.

    Manning’s two significant playoff streaks and wins are his “MVP” moment(s), right?

    If he never won a Super Bowl, lost both of those to the Patriots or didn’t even make it to the game, would you even hold out for any percent chance of making the hall? Curious. The longevity, iron man, stats, does it all hinge on his (and the Giants) two super bowl runs against the giant (pun intended) in the room?

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