Jerry Rice doesn't rate Eli Manning among the elite players at his position.
If Eli Manning's enshrinement in the Hall of Fame were voted on Today and the decision fell on Jerry Rice's shoulders, the Giants' Super Bowl-winning quarterback would be on the outside looking in. The Hall of Fame wide receiver is not generally counted on for his opinion, but when does take a moment to show his colors, football fans generally stop and listen.
In a radio interview which aired on 95.7 The Game earlier this week, Rice was asked to cast a hypothetical vote, a vote he'll never be asked to submit, seeing as though the nomination committee is made up of journalists and not players - for the sake of "player objectivity."
"When I’m judging a player, I’m looking what he brings to the table," Jerry began in his assessment. "And, what I see with Eli Manning, there’s no consistency.” Rice then pulled Drew Brees into the discussion, as a favorable comparison. "I would think that Drew Brees is going to be a shoo-in," he said. "Eli? There’s a chance of him getting in, but I’m not going to say he’s a true Hall of Famer."
Rice stumbled for a second, possibly in a moment of reexamination, then muttered his final verdict before on to other matters: "I don’t see Eli as a Hall of Famer. Drew Brees, I do."
The GOAT has spoken.