“When I’m judging a player, I’m looking at what he brings to the table. And, what I see with Eli Manning, there’s not consistency,” Rice said on the Joe, Lo, & Dibs radio show earlier this week. “I would think (New Orleans Saints quarterback) Drew Brees is going to be shoo-in. Eli? There’s a chance of him getting in, but I’m not going to say he’s a true Hall of Famer. I don’t see Eli as a Hall of Famer. Drew Brees, I do.”
Brees, the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV, is the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (73,046) and completions (6,457). He is one of the front runners for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award. Brees has a league leading quarterback rating of 123.8 with 21 touchdowns and just one interception. The Saints lead the NFC South with a record of 8-1.
Brees is second all-time in touchdowns (509). He has completed 67.3 percent of his passes with a win/loss record of 150-107. He was named an All-Pro in 2006 and is an 11-time Pro Bowl selection. The Saints have missed the postseason six times since Brees arrived in 2006.
Manning’s legacy has always been a source of debate that will continue to grow as he gets closer to hanging up his cleats.
He is sixth all-time in career passing yards (52,247), passing attempts (7,742), and pass completions (4,658). Manning was the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. He is one of only five players to have multiple Super Bowl MVPs. Three of them are already in the Hall of Fame (Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana) and the fourth will undoubtedly join them (Tom Brady).
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In 2011, Manning set or tied NFL-records for fourth-quarter touchdowns (15), most-game winning drives in a season (eight), most road wins in a regular season and postseason by a quarterback (10), and most passing yards in a single postseason (11). He is the only quarterback in NFL history to start multiple conference championship games without throwing an interception owns the second-longest consecutive start streak by a quarterback (222 regular season and postseason games).
Then there is the flip side. Manning is currently the active leader in interceptions with 234 and 14th in NFL history. He finished in the top-10 in interceptions in 11 of his 15 seasons. Twenty-two of Manning’s interceptions were returned for touchdowns. He is the active leader in pick-sixes and seventh in NFL history.
The biggest knock on No. 10 when it comes to his Hall of Fame candidacy is his overall record. Currently, Manning is 113-110, just three games over .500. The only Hall of Fame quarterback with a career losing record is Joe Namath (62-63-4).
The Giants are 2-7 with just five wins in the last two seasons. Manning has thrown 11 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He’s completed 67.6 percent of his passes with a quarterback rating of 92.7.
Manning has completed just 60.2 percent of his passes for his career with a quarterback rating of 83.9.
Unless the Giants win six of their final seven games, they will finish under .500 for the sixth time under Manning. It’s very likely they will miss the playoffs for the eighth time with No. 10 as the starting quarterback.
There are many metrics to consider in evaluating Hall of Fame suitability. Manning’s name is all over the NFL record books but some see him as just another quarterback who “got lucky” on two Super Bowl runs. He has the unfortunate luck of his last name and playing in this era. Had he played two or three decades ago, he’d be considered all-time great with little to no pushback.