Does Eli Manning Deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?

Eli Manning has put together a successful career with the New York Giants for the last 16 seasons. The writing was on the wall that his time with the franchise was nearing an end following the 2019 campaign. Manning decided on Wednesday to announce that he is stepping away from the game to wrap up his career. With him choosing to retire, it now brings forward questions about his potential to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.

Eli Manning retires after 16 seasons

The 39-year-old is weeks removed from completing his 16th campaign, all spent with the Giants.

Before the talks could begin to truly ramp up around where he could play next, Manning has chosen to retire from the NFL. That has put his entire career into perspective as he had a career filled with plenty of ups and downs.

Manning finished with a 117-117 record in the regular season, while he found a great deal of success in the playoffs as he held an 8-4 record that included a pair of wins over the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XLVI and XLII. That includes his nine touchdown passes through the 2011 playoffs, which are the third-most all-time in league history.

He is one of five players that has at least two Super Bowl MVPs alongside the likes of Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Bart Starr, and Terry Bradshaw. He also holds numerous Giants records, including most passing yards (55,981), touchdowns (339), completions (4,424), and most consecutive starts. Manning

Eli Manning’s Hall of Fame Eligibility

The next question that has immediately followed his decision to retire deals with when he would be eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The timeframe for any player that decides to step away from the game will begin at least five years after they have officially retired. At this juncture, that would put him in line to be on the ballot for the first time in 2024. That will be the initial time that his name can make the list as a potential Hall of Famer.

His brother, Peyton, is expected to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when the time comes in a couple of years, but there are some serious questions around whether Eli has done enough to earn that recognition. It’s something that will undoubtedly be explored further as his eligibility draws closer as it continues to be a healthy debate.

Is Eli Manning a Hall of Famer?

The discussion around Manning’s Hall of Fame chances has been an active conversation around him over the last couple of years. His career experienced plenty on both ends of the spectrum.

Manning has accomplished what very few players have done, which is win, not one but two Super Bowls. In each instance, he helped guide his team past the heavily favored Patriots. The first appearance came with New England entering the game with an undefeated record, which he orchestrated a last-minute touchdown drive to grab the win.

The second Super Bowl followed much of the same path with Manning using a late-scoring touchdown drive to put New York on top. However, what has hurt his resume is that he had five losing seasons and just five years with double-digit wins. Manning finished his career at precisely a .500 record while he only reached the playoffs six times in his career.

There will be those that say his two Super Bowl runs didn’t do enough to cast over the rest of the struggles he had throughout his career. Meanwhile, others will voice that these two stretches have boosted his career enough to one day earn an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ultimately, only time will tell if Eli will join his brother with a bust in Canton, Ohio.