Will Eli Manning Surpass Peyton If He Wins Another Super Bowl?
For many years, Eli Manning has been considered inferior to his older brother Peyton. The reasons were obvious early on as Peyton has been unquestionably better than Eli. The older Manning has some remarkable accolades in his NFL career. Aside from the NFL record six consecutive seasons with 4,000 yards or more passing, Peyton also holds the sixth highest career passer rating (94.9) and has been named to 11 Pro Bowls. Oh yeah, he also holds the record for most NFL MVP trophies with four, and has one Super Bowl trophy to go along with everything else in his trophy case. That pretty much cemented his legacy.
However, the younger brother could be creeping up on big bro soon enough.
No, Eli Manning has never had a rating above 93.1. No, he doesn’t have four MVP trophies. Hell, he doesn’t even have one. He only has two Pro Bowls to his older brother’s 11. He’s never thrown more than 31 touchdown’s in a season. Peyton has accomplished that feat six times. However, they both own one Super Bowl trophy. Considering that careers are defined by championships, it becomes an interesting race now that Eli will be trying for a second Super Bowl trophy after an astonishing playoff run that saw his Giants upend the Falcons, Packers and 49ers.
In his eighth year of service it appears that Eli is finally hitting his stride as an NFL quarterback. Meanwhile, there’s a possibility that Peyton’s career could be done after 14 seasons. With a rematch against the New England Patriots coming up, what if Eli does it again and wins another Super Bowl? It’s apparent that the younger Manning could still have another 5 years left in the league. If Peyton is done and Eli ends up with two or more Super Bowls, where will you rank the two when it’s all said and done?
Peyton is definitely a stat monster. However, he’s been criticized for struggling to win the big one. Eli doesn’t have that weight on his shoulders. In the event that he goes 2-0 in Super Bowl games, you can forget about the statistics talk. It will be the one thing that Eli has over his older brother. That one thing is more important that anything else to most NFL players.
How will you look at the Manning brothers?