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#22 Overall, Eli Manning, New York Giants, #7 Quarterback

Eli’s two Super Bowl wins will always keep in the conversation, but when looking at his AV/G and that he has yet to hit the Approximate Value for his respective MPA, he is in trouble; especially considering he could easily lose his starting QB job this year.

Eli Manning Retires

Speculated all year, Eli Manning will announce his retirement from the National Football League at a press conference tomorrow.

Drafted in 2004 with the third overall pick by the San Diego Chargers, Manning did not want to play for the Bolts, and he was quickly dealt to the New York Giants, where he would play his entire career.  A four-time Pro Bowl Selection, he would take the Giants to two Super Bowl Championships, both against the heavily favored New England Patriots, the first of which was when the Pats were undefeated going into the big game.  Notably, he was the Super Bowl MVP in both of their title wins.

Manning lost his starting job this year to rookie, Daniel Jones, but Manning finished the season when Jones went down to injury.

He retires with 57,023 Passing Yards with a TD-INT ratio of 366-244.

Manning will likely be the most polarizing Hall of Fame candidate if he isn’t already.  The younger brother of Peyton, is a two-time Super Bowl Champion, but was never a First or Second Team All-Pro, and has a .500 record as a starter.  He is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2025.

In our pre-season rank of potential Hall of Famers, Manning was ranked #22.  Along with Luke Kuechly and Antonio Gates, three of our pre-season top twenty-five selections have now retired.

We here at would like to thank Eli Manning for the gridiron memories and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.

The Giants will retire Eli Manning and Michael Strahan's number

Regular visitors of know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that New York Giants co-owner, John Mara, stated in a recent interview that Eli Manning and Michael Strahan will have their numbers retired.

Sort of.

This is what he said about Eli’s number:

“It’s retired.”

When asked to clarify, Mara responded:

“Not yet.  We’ll do Michael’s (Strahan) announcement another day, but Eli’s will be retired.”

As for when that will happen is anyone’s guess.  

Wearing #10, Manning announced his retirement this past Friday.  Playing at Quarterback, Manning threw for 57,034 Yards and 366 Touchdowns, and led the Giants to two Super Bowl Championships, both over the New England Patriots.  He was named the MVP in both of those games, and he is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2025.

As for Strahan, he has already been inducted into Canton, which occurred in 2014.  Like Manning, Strahan played his entire career with the Giants and he was the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year.  The seven-time Pro Bowl won a Super Bowl in his last game in the league.  He wore #92, which has never been issued since his retirement.

At present, the Giants have retired the numbers of Ray Flaherty (#1), Tuffy Leemans (#4), Mel Hein (#7), Phil Simms (#11), Y.A. Tittle (#14), Frank Gifford (#16), Al Blozis (#32), Joe Morrison (#40), Charlie Conerly (#42), Ken Strong (#50) and Lawrence Taylor (#56).

We here at are looking forward to these events in the future and are hopeful that the Giants will move on this action soon.

Awards = HOF? Part Four: The Super Bowl MVP (NFL)

We here at thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential.

Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least amount of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact.
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