It is no secret that Elisha Nelson Manning is one of the most criticized, underappreciated players in NFL history.
It began with former teammate Tiki Barber calling him out. Throughout Manning’s tenure with the Giants, he’s been dissected by players and the media, mostly because he’s not his big brother.
Now another former teammate is not giving No. 10 his props.
Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett was a Giant during the 2012 season. He recently ranked the quarterbacks he’s played with in his NFL career during an appearance on the NFL Network.
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Bennett ranked his current quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, first followed by the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady, the Chicago Bears’ Jay Cutler, Manning, and the Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo.
No one would fault Bennett for placing his current quarterback first on his list even though he won a Super Bowl with Brady last season. The rest of Bennett’s quarterback rankings, specifically Cutler and Manning, have raised eyebrows.
Manning has two Super Bowl rings and two Super Bowl MVPs while Cutler has one postseason appearance on his resume. Easy Eli has thrown for 48,214 yards (15,747 more yards than Cutler) and 320 touchdowns (112 more touchdowns than Cutler).
Manning is one of five players with multiple Super Bowl MVPs. Three of them (Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Montana) are already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the fourth (Tom Brady) will be there too.
He is also one of four quarterbacks with at least 45,000 passing yards, 300 touchdowns, four Pro Bowls, and two Super Bowl titles. One of them (John Elway) is in the Hall of Fame and the other two (Brady and Manning) will join him.
Cutler’s record as a starter is 68-71 while Manning has a mark of 108-91. Cutler had three seasons where he finished .500 or better while Manning had nine such seasons. Cutler does have an advantage in career rushing yards (1,650 to 514), career rushing touchdowns (nine to five), and career quarterback rating (85.7 to 83.7).
Manning is getting ready for his 14th NFL season while Cutler is heading to the broadcast booth because no team wanted to sign him after the Bears released him. Manning has started 199 consecutive regular season games, 60 more than Cutler’s entire career.