Eli Manning was formally benched for Daniel Jones today, and it set up the ever-lasting debate about whether he deserves to get into the Hall of Fame. This is a weird debate because pretty much everyone agrees that he will get in, but then there is a split about whether he deserves that.
The inevitability of his induction is exemplified by longtime former New York Daily News columnist Gary Meyers:
Eli Manning gets my vote as a first ballot Hall of Famer despite his 116-116 regular season record. For me, his career is defined by two 4-0 runs in the playoffs, two SB titles (beating BB & Brady twice), two SB MVPs, the escape to throw to Tyree, the perfect throw to Manningham.— Gary Myers (@GaryMyersNY) September 17, 2019
First ballot! This means he’s unimpeachable.
The issue I have is that, despite those two magical playoff runs, I really don’t think there was a time in his career that Eli Manning was one of the two or three best quarterbacks in the league, let alone the top spot.