New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning received plenty of criticism at the beginning of the 2011 season when he declared himself as one of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL–which ended up being true after leading his team to another Super Bowl. Now, Manning is hot topic of debate for his ranking on the list of the NFL Top 100 Players of 2012–mainly because he should be higher on the list.
After failing to make the list last year, Manning checks in at No. 31 on the 2012 edition after leading the Giants to another miraculous Super Bowl run for the second time in five seasons. The list is conducted by NFL players and has absolutely no meaning towards the actual season, but it’s obvious there’s some jealousy towards what Manning and his teammates accomplished last February.
Manning took plenty of heat at the beginning of last season for calling himself a top-five quarterback in the league and nobody is debating that issue anymore after he threw for 4,933 yards to go along with 29 touchdowns during the regular season to go along with his latest Super Bowl victory. Considering this list is based off what happened the previous year, Manning should at least be in the top 20–if not top 10–for what he accomplished during the 2011 season and has earned the right to be labeled as one of the top quarterbacks in the league since he is one of three active quarterbacks with multiple Super Bowl rings (Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger).
The players who voted on this list realize that–they’re just too jealous to actually admit it and give Manning the type of recognition he deserves. If anything, Manning will most likely do what he did last year and use the criticism as motivation for the upcoming season–which could mean trouble for the rest of the NFL.
Dan Parzych is the Director of Content for RantSports.com
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