So Phil Simms thinks Eli Manning would be a Hall of Famer if he decided to retire today. Simms and Eli are both members of the New York Football Giants' Super Bowl MVP frat so it's no real surprise that Simms loves his boy, but it's nice to know that he thinks Ben Roethlisberger would be in the Hall of Fame is he decided to hang ???em up today too. He didn't say that per se, but if he's inducting Eli right now, then Ben deserves a bust too.
Arguably the game's most clutch quarterback, Manning led the Giants to seven fourth-quarter come-from-behind wins during the 2011 regular season and playoffs...Manning threw a league-record 15 fourth-quarter TD passes in 2011 and has engineered 21 fourth-quarter comebacks in his career.
From what the USA Today article said, it seemed like Simms based his statements mainly on Eli's two Super Bowls and his 2011 campaign. Eli's comebacks this year were pretty impressive for a mouth breather but Ben has led five fourth-quarter comebacks in a season twice in his career, and at a younger age (in '04 when he was 22 and in '08 when he was 26) - Eli only did it once prior to turning 30. Ben and Eli were drafted the same year, and entering last season, Ben had 19 fourth-quarter comebacks compared to Eli's 14. And Ben still has 26 career game-winning drives - that's one more than Eli.
Their stats don't separate them anymore than their clutchness either. Their career passing yards are only separated by exactly 1,000 yards in favor of Eli even though he has attempted 3,921 throws in his career and Ben has only chucked it up 3,313 times. Eli does have 185 touchdown passes to Ben's 165, but he also has 129 picks to Ben's 100. And let's not forget Eli's HOF-worthy 2010 season where he threw 31 TDs...and 25 INTs. In eight seasons, Ben has thrown more than 15 picks just once while Eli has done it five times, including two 20-pick seasons. And Eli can only do his damage inside the pocket, which is why Ben has outscored Eli on the ground 14-4 and has rushed for nearly three times as many yards.
There's always the Ring argument when it comes to the Hall of Fame too, which makes sense considering the best quarterback and running back of all time never won one. Ben and Eli both have two so does the edge go to Eli because he has two MVPs? His MVP from last season was legit but who else was going to win the SB XLII MVP, David Tyree? His circus catch was the reason the Giants won not Eli's prayer of a pass. Two MVPs is two MVPs but Ben has been to a third Super Bowl, and in their careers, Ben has more playoff wins and Eli has failed to win a playoff game in his other three trips to the postseason.
This really isn't a big deal, it's just a boring Friday with no Bucco game to talk about. Ben has been mentioned in HOF talks before too; it's just funny to hear Simms talk about Eli this way when we'd never hear Terry Bradshaw talking about Ben in this light. We get that Eli is the reigning champ so he's going to get the edge by Jaws on his QB Countdown, and sure he makes great commercials (still not as good as Peyton's), but right now, today, if Eli is going to the Hall, so is Ben