Archuleta: Eli Not Worthy Of Hall Of Fame

Eli Manning will likely end up in Canton, Adam Archuleta says, but he shouldn't

Zach Gelb
September 19, 2019 - 3:14 pm
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The New York Giants benched Eli Manning this week, prompting countless discussions about his future: Will he remain in New York? Will he get traded? Is he a Hall of Famer?

Time will tell, but as for Canton, CBS NFL analyst Adam Archuleta doesn’t believe Manning is worthy.

“I think he gets in the Hall of Fame, probably,” Archuleta said on The Zach Gelb Show. “Do I think he’s a Hall of Fame quarterback? I don’t. No, I don’t. This is just my opinion. I think when you talk about the Hall of Fame, I got to ask two questions: Did you dominate? And did you dominate for how long? Not just playing a long time, but being the best for a long period of time and being at the top of your game has to be part of that equation. I answer no to both of those questions for Eli Manning.”

Archuleta, a first-round pick in 2001, played against Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, among others. Eli, he says, is not in that class. 

“We didn’t view Eli the same as those guys,” Archuleta said, referring to his former teammates. “Those are guys you really go into a game stressed out about. What are we going to do? How are we going to deal with this? Sure, Eli is capable, but we never put that much emphasis on him as we did all the other guys. 

“If you’re not in the top five in your era, then to me, you’re not a Hall of Famer,” Archuleta continued, “regardless of having a few great moments being part of a great football team in the postseason.”

Click below to listen to Archuleta’s interview in its entirety.