It has been a big debate in recent years, even though he hasn’t retired yet: Will Giants QB Eli Manning be voted into the Football Hall of Fame?
Manning has the two Super Bowl rings, two Super Bowl MVPs, and is sixth all-time in passing yards. That alone would deem a player worthy of residing in the Hall. However, some look at Manning’s almost .500 career record, and fall off in the past few years beyond the numbers as reason to exclude him.
And during an interview with 95.7 The Game before the Giants faced the 49ers on Monday night, Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice is in the belief that Manning won’t be among his colleagues in the Hall one day.
“No,” Rice told “Joe, Lo & Dibs.” “No. I don’t see Eli as a Hall of Famer. Drew Brees, I do.”
Rice continued to back his opinion, saying those vote players in focus too much on the numbers.
“Because when I’m judging a player, I’m looking (at) what he brings to the table. What I see with Eli Manning, there’s not consistency.
But what about those two Super Bowl wins, Jerry? Certainly that makes a difference, right?
“Yes, he has two Super Bowls, but then you look at Drew Brees and what he has accomplished and all of that. I think in yardage now he’s the leader. He’s doing great things for that team, and that team is getting better as they go. You can tell he’s a great leader and he makes everybody around him better.
“So, I would think that Drew Brees is going to be a 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.”
Rice isn’t the only Hall of Famer that has criticized Manning’s career. Recently inducted WR Terrell Owens called out Manning earlier this month for stunting Odell Beckham Jr.’s success on the field.
“I mean, if it was anybody else, any other quarterback, he would have already been replaced,” he said. “So, at this point, give someone else an opportunity. “[Eli’s] skills are pretty much eroding and he’s not really giving the guys an opportunity.”