With the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2024 introduced this week, we are able to now concentrate on the long-standing debate that’s about to return to a conclusion subsequent yr at the moment.
That debate is whether or not or not former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is worthy of being a first-ballot Corridor of Famer.
Manning, who retired after the 2019 season, will likely be eligible for induction into Canton starting subsequent yr.
Big followers already know that Manning belongs, as do the followers of the New England Patriots — the workforce Manning defeated twice within the Tremendous Bowl.
However there are followers of different groups, particularly these of the rival Philadelphia Eagles, who proceed to contest Manning’s candidacy out of sheer jealousy, though they’ve lastly received a Tremendous Bowl in recent times. Others imagine he’s a ‘nepo child’ who skated on his household title.
However the numbers don’t lie. Manning had an extended and profitable profession. There are various who’ve busts in Canton who’ve achieved so much much less.
Is Eli Manning a Corridor of Famer?
📈 2x Tremendous Bowl champ
📈 2x Tremendous Bowl MVP
📈 57,023 go yards (tenth all-time)
📈 366 go TDs (tenth all-time)
📈 210 straight begins (tenth all-time)
📉 117-117 profession report
📉 Solely 4 Professional Bowls
📉 0 All-Execs
📉 244 INTs (twelfth all-time) pic.twitter.com/WamNLHgH4J
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 7, 2024
Eli will likely be amongst a formidable group of newcomers who may also be of their first yr of eligibility, however few have his resume.
First-time eligibles for the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, Class of 2025 embrace:
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 9, 2024
That apart, Manning’s induction in 12 months 1 is way from a slam dunk. Tom Rock, the veteran Giants columnist from Newsday, is preparing Giant fans for a possible snub.
Whereas Manning definitely would be the most embellished and highest-profile quarterback on the poll the committee considers all through the approaching months, he’s not going to be the slam dunk candidate some would possibly take into account him to be.
The Corridor hasn’t enshrined a quarterback since Peyton Manning in 2021. Meaning fellow two-time Tremendous Bowl champ Jim Plunkett together with others corresponding to Joe Theismann, Ken Anderson, Earl Morrall and even Phil Simms have been ready patiently on the fringes of Canton.
Eli Manning was the quarterback for a collection of Corridor of Fame-worthy moments, the type of performs that can get rewound and replayed yearly round this time so long as soccer exists, however his total profession numbers are far much less spectacular.
All true. Many may also level to Eli’s lukewarm report as a beginning quarterback (117-117) and the truth that he was by no means named to the primary or second All-Professional Crew, which for a participant who performed so long as Manning, is a conspicuous gap that might trigger some voters pause.
None of which will matter. Manning’s on-field exploits alongside together with his off-the-field actions might merely add as much as a ‘sure’ for a lot of.
Eli has been a mannequin citizen, working tirelessly for a number of charities, and was named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the 12 months in 2016.
In spite of everything, why would so many corporations select Eli to be their spokesman if he wasn’t an excellent participant and an excellent individual?