10 Reasons NY Giants’ Eli Manning Belongs in the Hall of Fame
By David Solow
Reason #10: Eli Manning had to overcome Giant hurdles throughout his 15-year career
“Whatever ‘It’ is, Eli is Without it.”
Those were actual headlines about Eli Manning early on in his career.
It is not easy playing in New York. The media and fans expect a lot from their franchise QB. New Yorkers aren’t exactly known for their patience. Ask Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold.
New York is the toughest city in the world to play in. Quarterback is the toughest position to play in sports. Not only that, but Manning played in the shadow of his older brother, one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game. Peyton Manning, who was just inducted to the Hall of Fame, was someone Manning was constantly compared to during his entire football career.
Despite having the same mother and the same former New Orleans Saint as a father, Eli was so different than his older brother, Peyton.
Manning’s leadership style and quiet demeanor were often criticized early on. The national media bashed Manning early on for “forcing his way” to New York. Everything worked out for the best and Manning’s temperament was perfect for New York City.
"“From the very first moment, I did it my way. I couldn’t be someone other than who I am. Undoubtedly, I would have made the fans, the media, even the front office more comfortable if I was a more ‘rah-rah guy’, but that’s not me.”"
Part of the reason Dave Gettleman took Daniel Jones so much higher in the 2019 draft than expected, is Jones has a similar demeanor to Eli. Only certain people can play quarterback in New York. Daniel Jones still has to prove he could do it. Eli proved he could do it.
Thankfully for NY Giants fans, Ernie Accorsi pulled the trigger on a big trade for Manning during the 2004 NFL Draft.
Now, Eli Manning should never have to pay for a drink in the city ever again.