In August, Giants QB Eli Manning controversially declared himself elite.
For the second time in Manning’s career, he defeated Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. He has more Super Bowl wins under his belt than his Hall of Fame-bound older brother, Peyton Manning.
Eli is elite. There’s no counterclaim. It’s not an opinion; it’s a fact. His notorious comments were finally justified, and in dramatic fashion.
Towards the end of the regular season, the Giants were shooting themselves in the foot game after game and were bound to be eliminated out of playoff contention. Manning, a prodigious ingredient to the G-Men’s extremely evident turnaround, drastically changed the identity of their franchise.
As they stand atop the NFL for at least twelve months, Eli deserves to at least start the 2012 season in the top tier of quarterbacks. With Peyton’s injury and cloudy future, Eli might even be able to pass his older brother in the quarterback power rankings.