For the past few years the most heated debate amongst NFL analysts, coaches, players and fans is which quarterbacks are considered elite and which fall short of this lofty status. The most controversial player included in this topic has been New York Giants gunslinger Eli Manning.
To be considered an elite quarterback in the NFL you have to be among the top five quarterbacks in the league. According to Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana the following five meet the criteria to be considered elite: Aaron Rogers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning. Montana listed these signal-callers in no particular order. Montana later added Ravens Joe Flacco as an alternate sixth elite quarterback following his stellar performance in the 2013 postseason. All these quarterbacks have won Super Bowls and have been named Super Bowl MVPs.
Several notable analysts contend that Eli Manning should be the fifth quarterback in this distinguished group, while others have disputed this notion entirely.
One player who surprisingly offered a jab at Eli Manning was his former wide receiver Amani Toomer who said he favored Tony Romo over Eli. In reality, Romo has one playoff win in his career and has a losing record in head-to-head matchups with Eli's New York Giants including a playoff loss in the 2008 divisional playoffs.
Besides Romo, another quarterback that has been considered elite these past months is Joe Flacco who recently won the Super Bowl as the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens and was named the game's MVP. The fact is that the NFL does have some very good quarterbacks playing in today's games. People forget to mention Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who is also a two-time Super Bowl Champion.
At the end of the day, Eli Manning has made a very good case to gain consideration as an elite quarterback. He is a two-time Super Bowl winner and MVP and with many late game comeback wins, he is also considered the one of the best "two minute" quarterbacks in the NFL today. Eli Manning's body of work over the course of his career shows that he is deserving of elite quarterback status and one of the most underrated players in the game today.