Eli Manning remains the only QB to beat Tom Brady twice in a Superbowl and after Brady’s seventh ring, Eli belongs in the Hall.
After his tenth Super Bowl appearance and seventh victory, Tom Brady is unequivocally the greatest team athlete in sports history. Brady is now more likely to reach the big game (47.6%) than Steph Curry is to make a three-pointer (43.3%). One of two men to defeat Brady in the Super Bowl, former Giants great Eli Manning is certainly a borderline Hall of Famer. He posted a career record of 117-117-0 with 366 touchdown passes and 244 interceptions. However, it’s his playoff resume that should seal the deal if and when he gets a bust in Canton. In the postseason, Manning was 8-4 with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Most importantly, he is the only quarterback to dethrone Brady twice.
Now, as Brady continues to distinguish himself from the great Joe Montana, Manning’s accomplishments on the biggest stage become more and more impressive. Think of all the greats Brady defeated in the Super Bowl: Kurt Warner, Donovan McNabb, Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, and now Patrick Mahomes. And this year alone, he defeated three all-time greats: Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Mahomes.
Eli Manning may not have the flashy stats or records like other Hall of Fame quarterbacks, but during the biggest games of his life against a borderline unbeatable foe, he rose to the challenge where most crumbled under pressure.
That is surely a career worth celebrating.