Written by Joe Leadingham | 7 February 2012
Like it or not football fans, Eli Manning is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and may just go down as one of the best ever to play the game.
I know, I can't believe I'm saying it either. But two Super Bowl wins in come-from-behind fashion is very hard to argue with. Here are the facts:
In both games he took his team down the field on a game-winning drive.
In the fourth quarter of this last win he threw for over on hundred yards and, more importantly, no mistakes or turnovers.
He won his second Super Bowl MVP to match guys like Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Tom Brady (Starr and Bradshaw are Hall of Famers, Brady is a shoe-in.)
To top it off, only 29 Quarterbacks have ever won a Super Bowl while only nineteen have been named the game's MVP; Eli is on both of those lists. Let's not forget that the Giants were the first team ever to win a Super Bowl with seven losses.
The scary part about this for all you Eli haters, he is only thiry and likely will be the Giants quarterback for at least four more years, so the chance for him to do it again is still on the table and - let's be honest - the chances look pretty good at the moment.
Most of you remember Eli as a whining rookie who said he didn't want to play for the Chargers and was traded to New York on draft day 2004. He was criticized for years and still took flack even after his first Championship in Super Bowl 42.
Now he is the one laughing his way likely to the Hall of Fame and maybe even one or two more rings. Love him or hate him, Eli Manning has arrived as one of the league's best and maybe just one of the greatest ever to take a snap under center.