In an all-too early offseason where Patriots fans have plenty of internal matters to obsess over (STAY, TOM!), the retirement of a certain multiple Super Bowl conqueror and perfect season bandit is certain to set off one and many fiery barguments across the region. Sure, many will say our opinions on a certain now-former Giants QB are tainted because we’re still salty over those two super-sized losses. That Pats fans are far too easily triggered by the sight of Peyton’s younger brother, let alone replays of a certain catch against the side of a career special teamer’s helmet. And they’d be right! After all, we’re fans. By definition we’re supposed to be “filled with expressive or single-minded zeal” about our team. And we are when it comes to our Patriots, our quarterback and someone that was at the helm of two significant defeats of them.
So, when considering the accomplishments of Elisha Nelson Manning IV on the field, and off (a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner and by all accounts a good guy and community pillar blah-blah), there’s no doubt he’s a major player of the past decade and a half in the NFL. But are his accomplishments worthy of being enshrined in Canton as one of the greatest to ever play the game, at his position? Giants fans, and Patriots haters (so a majority of football), will say yes, or at least shrug their shoulders and say, “Probably.” A recent survey of former NFL players and Hall of Famers presented a bit of a split on his Canton worthiness. It’s that kind of split vote and resignation to mediocrity and a name, among many factors, that leads me to say no, he’s not worthy of the call to The Hall. And if you can put my glaringly obvious bias aside, check out my five reasons why in the slideshow above.