Is New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who is in the top 10 of most significant and noteworthy career passing statistics, worthy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
Even with two Super Bowl MVP awards in tow, Vinnie Iyer of Sports Illustrated doesn’t believe so.
In ranking and providing an individual percentage for each team’s potential Hall of Fame players, Iyer has Manning on the outside looking in with just a 40 percent chance.
1. Eli Manning (40 percent): Before you think this is too high for Peyton’s younger brother, given Eli has cracked only two Pro Bowls in 15 seasons, remember that his two Super Bowl rings, durability and classy off-field persona for a big-market team has the necessary media appeal.
The only other Giants player to make the cut was running back Saquon Barkley, who has carved out a 20 percent chance in Iyer’s eyes after just one season.
2. Saquon Barkley (20 percent): He has Hall-like qualities based on his dazzling, immediate production.
Eventually, so long as he remains healthy, Barkley’s chances will drastically increase, but what about Manning? He will retire in the top 10 in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, fourth quarter comebacks, game-winning drives and other metrics to go along with his Super Bowl heroics and, perhaps most importantly of all, his Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
If Manning is snubbed for the Hall of Fame, he would join Jim Plunkett as the only other quarterback with multiple Super Bowl victories not enshrined in Canton. And let’s not kid ourselves — Manning is a substantially better quarterback than Plunkett was, not to mention the other lesser quarterbacks already in the Hall.