For years, people have gone back-and-forth on whether New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame. On Wednesday, news broke that Manning would be calling it a career and immediately that debate reignited.
Current and former players of the Giants and beyond reacted to the news of Manning’s retirement on social media.
One of the biggest arguments in Manning’s favor are his two Super Bowl championships. Manning is one of 12 quarterbacks in NFL history with two Super Bowl victories and one of just five with two Super Bowl MVPs.
Manning’s two Super Bowl victories are more than Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and even Drew Brees.
One of those men offered high praise for Manning on Thursday.
“You can not write the story of the NFL without including Eli Manning,” Brees said, via NOLA.com. “With all that he was able to accomplish, he was so much a part of their success there — Two Super Bowls, two clutch drives to win those Super Bowls. He’s such a smart, intelligent guy. I think his next chapter could be even better than this last one.”
Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan echoed those sentiments.
“He’s a Super Bowl champion — a two-time Super Bowl champion. Super Bowl MVP,” Jordan said. “He played 15, 16 years? I mean, the object of the game is to win and he did at the highest level twice.”
There is no higher praise, nor a more convincing Hall of Fame argument than that.