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FanPulse: Is Eli Manning a Hall of Famer?

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“Hall of borderline good”

New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images

On Saturday, we went over how the San Francisco 49ers weren’t getting much respect at all against the Kansas City Chiefs leading up to the Super Bowl. The other national question we had was asking whether recently retired New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was a Hall of Fame or not. We polled the NFC East sites, and here were the results:

Good luck getting a Philadelphia Eagles fan saying anything nice about any other team. Those results shouldn’t be too surprising.

It’s a sensitive subject for most. When a player retires, we should be celebrating him and all of his accomplishments. Manning was an incredibly durable quarterback that could be counted on every Sunday. His career started well, and it seemed as if he was destined for the Hall of Fame. If you ignore the second half of Manning’s career, you could make a compelling argument. He was 19 games over .500 as a starter and won two Super Bowls. Eli was 19 games under .500, and the Giants only made the playoffs once after.

Because everyone saw Eli take down the “godly” Patriots, he’s thought of as this legend. He made some unbelievable throws during the playoffs and in the Super Bowl, and that’s what people will choose to remember. I think there is something to be said for being a likable guy. Way back when Manning didn’t want to play for the Chargers—something I think should be accepted for all players and wouldn’t mind if more did—but the majority of his career Manning didn’t give people any real reason to dislike him. Also, he handled every situation the right way, and he may get rewarded with that down the line.