Historical Eli Manning Milestones
New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning is among the top quarterbacks in the National Football League and the active iron man for starts by a player of his position. Son of former quarterback, Archie Manning, and younger brother of Peyton Manning, Eli Manning played college ball at the University of Mississippi, where he inscribed his name amongst the SEC's all-time greatest quarterbacks and went on to be selected first overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. Although Manning is now one of the most successful players in the league, he received much criticism in the early years of his career, but the knocks at his lack of tenacity only lasted until the 2007 season when Manning led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl XLII victory. Regardless of early playoff exits in the previous seasons, Eli Manning stepped into his own as he guided Big Blue to a 10-6 record and a Wild Card berth in 2007 with a fresh spirit and new chemistry with teammates, Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey. As Manning and the Giants entered their first round match up with the Buccaneers, he had no idea he was embarking on the most-memorable stretch of his young professional career. After leading the Giants to an upset over the Bucs and then their division rival, the Dallas Cowboys, Manning and the Giants carried their eight game road winning streak to Lambeau Field for a duel with the Green Bay Packers and legendary quarterback, Brett Favre. In a thrilling overtime victory, Manning delivered again for New York as he recorded his third straight playoff game without an interception. After winning the uphill battle for the NFC Championship, the New York Giants set their sights on Tom Brady and the 18-0 New England Patriots. The Pats were on the cusp of becoming the first ever 19-0 team in NFL history and emerged as 17-point favorites in Super Bowl XLII. In one of the most memorable games in North American sports history, the Pats and Giants squared off in a defensive battle until late in the fourth quarter with New York down 7-3. With just 1:15 remaining on the clock and on their own 44 yard line, Eli Manning engineered possibly the greatest play in NFL history. On third-and-five, Manning escaped the grasp of four New England defensemen before launching a 32-yard pass to David Tyree, who caught the ball against his helmet over safety Rodney Harrison. As the clock ran down inside of 40 seconds, Manning completed the 12-play drive by throwing a picture-perfect lob pass to receiver Plaxico Burress to give the Giants the lead. As the New York defense held Brady and his prolific offense in check for the final 29 seconds, the Giants completed one of the greatest upset in Super Bowl history and Eli Manning earned his first of two Super Bowl MVP awards. Four years later, the Patriots and the Giants would meet again for a rematch in Super Bowl XLVI. Like the previous championship match-up between Brady and Manning, this Super Bowl was just as thrilling with close fourth quarter battle and the Giants winning on a 6-yard drive at 57 seconds on the clock. Again, Manning was named Super Bowl MVP for completing 30 or 40 passes for 296 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions.
One of the NFL's brightest stars, no New York sports collection is complete without the one and only Eli Manning. Not only is Manning one of the most decorated players in Giants history, as the franchise leader for multiple quarterback records, but holds a historic place in the National Football League that will be remembered forever. By completing some of the greatest postseason runs in NFL history, Eli Manning joined just five quarterbacks in league history as two-time recipients of the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award. As a premier player in the league with a winning legacy, four Pro Bowl awards and a 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, Eli Manning memorabilia is vital for any sports collection and includes some of the best-selling products on the sports collectibles market.
Collecting Eli Manning Memorabilia