Eli Manning voted NFL’s most overrated quarterback in ESPN player poll

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It appears that the lack of respect for New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is not limited to members of the media or disgruntled fans. Apparently, some of Manning’s NFL brethren believe he is the NFL’s most overrated quarterback.

ESPN’s NFL Nation polled 155 players on such topics as which quarterbacks are the biggest trash talkers (The Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers), which quarterback they wouldn’t want as a teammate (The Miami Dolphins’ Jay Cutler and Newton), and which quarterback they feel is the most overrated.

This is just another example of the lack of respect for No. 10 and his place in NFL history.

Eli Manning is one of four quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 45,000 career passing yards, 300 touchdowns, four Pro Bowls, and two Super Bowls. The other three are John Elway, Peyton Manning, and the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady.

Eli Manning currently sits seventh on the all-time passing yards list and is only 320 yards away from 50,000 for his career. Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees, Brady, Dan Marino, and Elway are the only quarterbacks in NFL history with more than 50,000 passing yards.

Favre, Marino, and Elway are already in the Hall of Fame. Peyton Manning, Brees, and Brady will be enshrined in Canton too.

Eli Manning’s 329 career touchdowns are also seventh in NFL history. Only Peyton Manning, Favre, Brees, Brady, Marino, and Fran Tarkenton threw more. It is said the most important ability is availability. Only Peyton Manning and Favre have more consecutive starts at the quarterback position than Eli Manning’s 217 regular season and playoff starts.

This isn’t to say that Eli Manning’s career has been an example of flawless execution. Eli Manning has led the NFL in interceptions three times (2007, 2010, 2013) in his career and has a record of 31-39 since the Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

He’s thrown 220 interceptions in his career, tied for 19th all-time with Joe Namath and Babe Parilli. At the same time Favre, George Blanda, Tarkenton, Johnny Unitas, Marino, Y.A. Tittle, Bobby Layne, Dan Fouts, Warren Moon, Elway, and Ken Stabler threw more interceptions than Eli Manning and they’re all in the Hall of Fame.

Eli Manning’s career passer rating is 83.9, lower than his 2004 NFL Draft quarterback classmates Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers (93.5) and Rivers (94.5). It is higher, however, than Hall of Famers Roger Staubach (83.4), Len Dawson (82.6), Sonny Jurgensen (82.6), Troy Aikman (81.6), Warren Moon (80.9), Bart Starr (80.5), Tarkenton (80.4), Fouts (80.2), Elway (79.9), and Unitas (78.2).

Only 72 of the 155 players who participated in the poll answered the question of who they felt is the NFL’s most overrated quarterback. Eli Manning (who received 14 percent of the vote) was followed by the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck, the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, Cutler, and the Minnesota Vikings’ Sam Bradford.

The level of disrespect Eli Manning receives is astronomical. Even with a 1-5 record, he is ranked ninth in passing yards (1,466) and in a four-way tie for 10th in touchdowns (nine) with the Washington Redskins’ Kirk Cousins, Newton, and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles. He has completed 67 percent of his passes and has a quarterback rating of 89.7.

Eli Manning’s NFL career can best be described with the phrase “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. All he’s done is put up all-time numbers and lead his team to two Lombardi Trophies (including one of the greatest upsets in North American sports history). Eli Manning is not overrated but underappreciated. Shame on those players who think otherwise.

– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for cover32 and covers the NFL and New York Giants. Please like and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.

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