New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning is used to the lack of respect by local and national media. It's something he's grown accustomed to since he's the younger brother of NFL legend and icon Peyton Manning. On Monday, the lack of respect continued as ESPN analyst and former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworki ranked Manning No. 8 in his annual quarterback rankings.
"After a 2012 season in which he was not quite as consistent in some areas and other quarterbacks improved, I have dropped Manning to No. 8," Jaworski said on Monday. "But there’s no question he remains one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, capable of big-time throws in critical situations. "
Manning is the highest ranked quarterback on the list of the NFC East quarterbacks, with Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins ranked No. 13, Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys ranked No. 15 and Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles No. 25.
Jaworski's list will have Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers ahead of him; all of which are understandable since those four have been proven to be on an elite level. However, having Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger is certainly debatable — especially Ryan since he's never won a Super Bowl, and if not for a late collapse on defense by the Seattle Seahawks, would still not have a playoff win.
What Manning still has over most of the quarterbacks on this list is the fact that he has won two Super Bowls; Brees, Rodgers, Flacco, Peyton all have only won just one, and the Giants' quarterback has also won two Super Bowl MVP awards as well. Again, the same quarterbacks have, except Roethlisberger, who despite has won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, not won a single Super Bowl MVP award, and in fact, played poorly in Super Bowl XL, whereas Manning was a big reason why the Giants won both of their championships.
But Manning's lack of respect in the league is still nothing new, but any Giants' fan will simply laugh at that because when the game is on the line, there is arguably no other quarterback the fans would want under center except for Manning, as he has 28 career game-winning drives and has two in each Super Bowl that he has played in and won.
Manning threw for 3,948 yards and 26 touchdown passes with an 87.2 quarterback rating in 2012 for the Giants. Despite never winning a regular season MVP award, which some critics have used against him in the "elite status" debate, the 32-year-old is listed with 30-1 odds to win the 2013 MVP Award in the upcoming season.
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