Not no way. Not no how. Win or lose tonight, Eli Manning is not even in the same breath as his older brother Peyton Manning.
I am absolutely amazed by how many people are actually saying this. It’s like they forgot how great Peyton is. Everyone is caught up in the moment, and I get that, but let’s get real. Eli Manning is not elite. Eli had one elite year. One year does no make you elite. Peyton has played 13 years in the NFL. Peyton’s worst year in the NFL is Eli’s best year in any other year than this year! For all you people that get caught up in what ESPN is selling, or trying to sell in this case, go look at the numbers. Peyton is better, and it’s not even close. I’m so stunned that this is even a topic of conversation.
“Oh but if Eli wins this Super Bowl he’ll have two rings to Peyton’s one ring so he’s a better quaterback.”
Really? Do you really want to use that argument?
Rings can not be the only tool used in determining individual success. Championships are from the success of the entire team, not just one player. Individual statistics are far more important to me than championships. What if the Giants win and Eli goes 12-35 with 250 yards passing and one touchdown and three picks? The don’t win because Eli, they win in-spite of Eli. He’ll still get his ring, but would that make him better? No. No. No. Rings are overrated when determining individual success!
Trent Dilfer has more rings than Dan Marino. Is he better? Not even close!
Sam Jones won ten NBA championships while with the Celtics while Michael Jordan won six with the Bulls. Who’s better?
Exactly. See the point I’m trying to make?
Now, if you want to use championships as a tie breaker between two players, that’s fine. If you’re debating between John Elway and Joe Montana and you can’t decide because their stats are similar, and you think Montana is better because he won four Super Bowls, I can’t argue that. But if you try and tell me Terry Bradshaw is the second best quarterback of all-time because he also has four Super Bowl wins, you’re high on drugs.
I can’t say this enough. Eli Manning had an unbelievable season. I’m not taking anything away from him. But to say he’ll be better than Peyton Manning with a win in this Super Bowl is beyond ridiculous. I can’t even say he’s in the elite class of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning. Not this year, at least.