In an offseason without much else going on, NFL Network is filling some time and providing fodder for endless arguments by slowly revealing a list of the 100 best active players in the NFL, as voted on by their fellow players. And one name that’s not on the list is raising some eyebrows: Eli Manning.
Pat Kirwan takes up for Manning in a column at NFL.com, noting that Manning has a Super Bowl MVP, a 4-3 postseason record and a lifetime 64-46 record. That’s the argument in favor.
The argument against is that Manning is coming off a season in which he threw an NFL-high 25 interceptions. Leading the league in picks isn’t the best way to convince your peers that you’re an elite player.
Based on the list as it’s been revealed so far, what we’ve really seen is that NFL players aren’t particularly good at making objective assessments of their peers. That’s not a big surprise.
But as for Eli Manning in particular, we’ll let PFT Planet hash it out in the comments — was this a glaring omission, or the right call?