Two Super Bowls. Is That Enough for Canton?
As Manning’s career officially ends, the debate over his Hall of Fame résumé is only just beginning.
Eli Manning helped engineer one of the most shocking upsets in N.F.L. history when he and the Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Eli Manning helped engineer one of the most shocking upsets in N.F.L. history when he and the Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times
By Benjamin Hoffman
Jan. 23, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET
If you want to pick a fight, bring up Eli Manning and the Hall of Fame.
With Manning, the Giants quarterback, set to hold a news conference on Friday to confirm that he will retire, the debate about his accomplishments that has simmered for years now will have closure.
A quick summation of Manning’s career produces a fairly strong Hall of Fame case.
After being selected with the first overall pick in the 2004 draft, Manning went on to start the seventh-most games for a quarterback in N.F.L. history. He currently ranks seventh in career passing yards, seventh in touchdowns and is tied for 11th in wins. And most important, his trophy case includes two Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Awards, both of which came against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.