July 25, 2021

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A Touch of Class: Jameis Winston Thanks Eli Manning

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Eli Manning recently announced his retirement,  closing the book of Mannings in football. At least for now. While Eli Manning has been regarded as one of the best-worst quarterbacks in football, he has done something that no one has ever done; beat Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl twice in his career, winning MVP both times.

Manning was drafted number one overall by the San Diego Chargers in 2004 but traded to the New York Giants for their 4th overall selection Philip Rivers. Eli Manning had publicly stated that he would not play for the Chargers, so a trade was implemented ahead of the selections. Mannings’ career had ups and downs, but he maintained the starting role for the majority of his 16-year career. Manning ended his career with 57,023 yards passing, 366 touchdowns, 244 interceptions, 125 fumbles, an 84.1 average quarterback rating, 567 rushing yards, 7 touchdowns, with 6 postseason appearances, totaling 2,815 yards passing, 18 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. In addition to winning two Super Bowls and being honored as MVP in both, he was a four-time Pro Bowler and Walter Payton Man of the Year. The New York Giants have retired his number.

Jameis Winston recently tweeted that Eli Manning is world-class and thanked him for the impact he had on other quarterbacks and also congratulated him on his many achievements. There is no question that Eli Manning will join his brother Peyton Manning in the Hall of Fame. Winston has drawn comparison to both Manning brothers in one form or another, many times, by fans and analysts, and if the comparisons hold true, then Jameis Winston may have a couple of Super Bowl rings and MVP titles in his future.

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