Despite his success, negativity and doubt have followed Peyton’s younger brother since the moment he was traded from the San Diego Chargers to the New York Giants on draft day of 2004. Regardless of what he does or how well he performs – even in a league that lives and dies by the motto, “What have you done for me lately?” – he is questioned and criticized.
In Thursday's dominating 36-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers, Manning completed 27 of his 35 passes (77.1%) for 288 yards and a touchdown. Save for one particular duck and a few drops, he was nearly flawless. The game eventually got so out of hand that he was placed on the bench, allowing back-up quarterback David Carr to step in and play some regular season snaps for the first time since he was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010.
No interceptions, no fumbles and no blunders make it very difficult for anyone to criticize Manning. However, there are a few that managed to crawl out of the woodwork and find a way. In one instance, it was a divisional rival comparing him to a wild animal; in another, it was a potshot as his musical preferences. And then, of course, just the typical line of random garbage about his looks and demeanor.
And away … we … go …
James Holland, Yahoo Sports! (via Football Animals)
"I still believe that Eli Manning is overrated and will never be as good as his older brother."
"Sheli Womanning has caught teams of guard twice. She likes to lay low for a few years and then go on a run to win superbowl. The phrase 'fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me' applies to Sheli. She wont be fooling anyone a 3rd time."
“Eli Manning vs. a deer? I can tell you the deer would be a better athlete.”
Gabe Zaldivar, Bleacher Report
"Manning has quite the eclectic taste [in music]…for a 50-year-old."
Matt Lange, Twitter
"I think Eli manning is mentally retarded. Like for real."
Carter Chase, Twitter
"If Eli manning didn't know how to throw he would be working at quick check."
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