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 in 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 Sunday's 37-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers, Manning completed 20 of his 32 pass attempts (62.5%) for 259 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Perhaps more importantly, the loss eliminated Big Blue from the playoffs and opened the flood gates for any and all Manning haters.
Needless to say, precious few waited to erupt through that door, and the attacks were immediate. Some were statistically sound, but as is often the case, many went overboard — one even suggesting Eli is a worse human being than some of history's most evil people.
Steve Politi, The Star-Ledger
"Sorry, but no one gets to complain when their team wins – steals – two championships in a five-year span. You’ll have wait five years from now, when Eli Manning has wasted his entire prime throwing 20 interceptions a season on teams that miss the playoffs."
Dave Hutchinson, The Star-Ledger
Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times
giantsin2011, Big Blue Interactive
"Honestly, I think Eli is finished. Personally, I don't think that he wants to get hit anymore and the game of football might be too brutal for him now. … He goes down when there is a player that sneezes on him, it is sad to watch."
"I would trade for Phillip Rivers for Eli Manning in a heartbeat. The Giants would have won more Super Bowls with Rivers at the helm."
"If I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden and Eli Manning, and I had a gun with two bullets, I'd shoot Eli twice."
Ryan Davis, Twitter
"Eli Manning looks exactly like a Koopa Troopa."
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