With Patrick Willis, the latest former Ole Miss player to be named into the NFL Hall of Fame, could QB Eli Manning be next?
Yesterday, during the NFL Honours evening, former Ole Miss and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was named to the NFL Hall of Fame. He was among seven players who made the Hall of Fame Class of 2024 list.
Willis was the third Ole Miss player to enter the NFL Hall of Fame, following Frank 'Bruiser' Kinard and Gene Hickerson, the latter inducted in 2007.
The players now eligible for the 2025 Hall of Fame class have been announced, with former Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning available for selection. His older brother Peyton was inducted in 2021, with Eli looking to join his brother in Canton, Ohio.
Eli has strong claims to join Peyton, whether that be as a first-ballot Hall of Famer is to be seen next year.
Eli spent 16 seasons in New York as the quarterback of the Giants. In that time, he helped deliver two Super Bowls to the team, both times winning the MVP. The most famous was Super Bowl XLII, beating the New England Patriots, who were 18-0 before the loss.
During his 18 seasons, Eli had 57,023 passing yards, 4,895 completions, 366 touchdowns and 117 wins as the Giants quarterback. All the mentioned stats are current all-time New York Giants franchise records.
Eli played at Ole Miss from 2000 to 2003. In his senior season, he was voted the SEC Player of the Year and also a First Team All-American.
It would be a surprise if Eli did not join his brother in the NFL Hall of Fame. The bigger question is when it will happen.