The New Orleans Saints’ future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees heaped some praise on Eli Manning who recently announced his retirement.
There are several future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in the NFL right now.
The league will be losing one this coming season as Eli Manning has announced his retirement. Manning, the New York Giants long-time quarterback, will not be back after a tough season, and New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees gave him some well-deserved credit.
Manning went from starting the season, to riding the bench, and then back to starting. He totaled six touchdowns and five interceptions this season, starting just four games. It was a rough end to a stellar career.
Throughout his legendary career, Manning racked up two Super Bowl rings, and to go with those rings, he has two Super Bowl MVP awards. A four-time Pro Bowler, Manning also has a Walter Payton Man of the Year to his name.
All-in-all, Manning has had a career to look back and smile at, and now on his way out, Drew Brees, who will be in Manning’s position with the next half a decade, gave his thoughts on the situation.
Amie Just of NOLA.com was the one that caught up with Brees.
"“You can not write the story of the NFL without including Eli Manning,” Brees said.“With all that he was able to accomplish, he was so much a part of their success there — two Super Bowls, two clutch drives to win those Super Bowls. He’s such a smart, intelligent guy. I think his next chapter could be even better than this last one.”“He’s a Super Bowl champion — a two-time Super Bowl champion. Super Bowl MVP,” Jordan said. “He played 15, 16 years? I mean, the object of the game is to win and he did at the highest level twice.”"
Brees is right in everything he said. Manning was a winner at the highest level, and his mark will forever be on the NFL. Manning will end his storied career with just over 57,000 yards to go along with 366 touchdowns.
He also made a nice career out of playing football, racking in a quarter of a billion dollars. That said, it seems likely that Manning could continue his career in football as an analyst if he so desired, but his future steps are still unknown.
At the end of the day, Manning was the ultimate pro and the NFL will sorely miss one of their veteran quarterbacks in the coming year.