Eli Manning could have punched his ticket to Canton, Ohio when he defeated the New England Patriots in two Super Bowls.
The Manning’s are one of the most known and proudest football families in the history of the NFL. But out of all the success between Archie, Peyton, and Eli, nothing was more satisfying for the family than when Eli Manning defeated the New England Patriots not once, but twice in the Super Bowl.
Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl victories over the New England Patriots in dramatic fashions are by far his biggest accomplishments in the NFL. And rightfully so, winning the Super Bowl is one of the highest achievements a player can earn.
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But is defeating the New England Patriots enough to one day earn a gold jacket in Canton, Ohio?
In his 16-years in the league, Manning has never led the NFL in any statistical category other than interceptions (3 times). He also can’t be considered a winning quarterback with a .500 regular season record (117-117).
There are some aspects of Manning’s career where he ranks with the best in NFL history. Eli is one of six quarterbacks who have gone to more than one Super Bowl with the same team. Eli is also one of only five quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowl MVP awards.
In 2011, Manning would throw for the most passing yards in a single postseason with 1,219 yards. Eli was only able to advance his team to the playoffs in 6 out of 16 years in the NFL. Manning’s 117 losses are the second most in NFL history and he would retire without making the playoffs for the last four years of his career.
Although Manning was drafted first overall in 2004, he is not even considered to be the best quarterback in his own draft class. Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers were selected after Manning in ‘04 and are arguably better quarterbacks.
If Eli Manning is considerable to get into the hall because of his two Super Bowls, then there are more notable quarterbacks who should also make it into the Hall of Fame as well. Jim Plunkett and Phil Simms have both won two Super Bowls and earned Super Bowl MVP honors, neither of whom are in the hall of fame.
It would be disingenuous of the voters to put Manning in the hall when there are more notable quarterbacks with more accolades than him. By this meaning, if defeating the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl is Hall of Fame worthy, than Nick Foles must be on the Hall of Fame docket someday.
Eli Manning will always be known as one of Archies’ sons, Peyton’s brother, and the quarterback who defeated the New England Patriots and took two Super Bowl rings away from Tom Brady. Although it’s impressive, it’s not Hall of Fame worthy.