In fact, Manning, who was the first player drafted in the NFL’s 2004 Draft by the San Diego Chargers (they traded him to New York for Phillip Rivers and draft picks) has been taking snaps behind center since his rookie year.
Manning, who is the son of Archie Manning, a former starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and the younger brother of legendary Peyton Manning, is at age thirty-four, a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback and someone that was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in both winning games.
Born on January 3, 1981, Manning played collegiate football for the University of Mississippi before being the top pick in the NFL draft eleven years ago. Now thirty-four years old, this youngest member of the Manning dynasty has shown great durability throughout his professional career so far and has, in fact, rarely missed a game due to injury.
His performances on the gridiron have earned him lots of recognition and awards. Manning has, for instance, been named to three Pro Bowls in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Importantly, he is the New York Giants career leader in a host of offensive categories.
Consider if you will that he stands at number one in New York Giants history in career wins, in pass attempts and pass completions, in total passing yards, in passing touchdowns and even in interceptions. When one considers that he recently signed a new long term contract, it becomes easy to believe that Eli Manning will one day own every New York Giants offensive record and that many of them will never be matched or broken again.
Right now, in fact Manning, in the middle of his career, has attempted more than five thousand eight hundred passes and completed nearly three thousand five hundred of them.
His total yardage already stands at over forty one thousand five hundred yards and Manning has managed to throw two hundred seventy touchdowns while being intercepted one hundred eighty-nine times.
Included in his list of accomplishments, make that noteworthy accomplishments, is the fact that Eli Manning has defeated the New England Patriots in two Super Bowls. And in the first of them, Super Bowl XLVII (Super Bowl 47), Manning’s late “Hail Mary” pass to wide receiver David Tyree led to the game-winning touchdown and ended the Patriots’ perfect season.
It seems likely that, even at age 34, Eli Manning will continue to produce at a high level as he leads the Giants to gridiron success. He has the family name and the pedigree to play football at a very high level well into the future.
Courtesy of CNN