NFL leg­end Marino thinks Man­ning has strong shot at land­ing in Hall of Fame

Eli Man­ning has more Su­per Bowl rings than Hall of Famer Dan Marino

Metro USA (New York) - - Sports - KRIS­TIAN DYER @Kris­tianRDyer sports@metro.us

The say­ing goes, “You can’t spell elite with­out Eli.” For Hall of Fame quar­ter­back Dan Marino, the ca­reer of Giants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning might just land him in Can­ton some­day among some elite pretty elite com­pany.

The ca­reer of Man­ning, the four-time Pro Bowl quar­ter­back of the New York Giants, is of­ten scru­ti­nized. This is in part due to the suc­cess of his older brother, ar­guably the best quar­ter­back of all-time (whose name escapes us right now but he’s re­ally, re­ally good). The younger brother suf­fers by com­par­i­son. By num­bers alone, though, the Giants’ QB is pretty good in his own right.

Eli is cur­rently No. 11 in all-time pass­ing yards and will likely be sev­enth by the end of the sea­son in pass­ing touch­downs, what would be one spot ahead of John El­way. He also is a two-time Su­per Bowl MVP with two cham­pi­onship rings. He is at or near the top of nearly every sta­tis­ti­cal record in Giants fran­chise his­tory.

“The fact that he’s won two Su­per Bowls, he def­i­nitely has a shot. I don’t vote, [but] he def­i­nitely has a shot of getting in there,” Marino told Metro. “As time goes on, the longer he plays, the bet­ter the op­por­tu­nity he has.”

The 2005 Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame in­ductee spoke at an event at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in En­gle­wood, New Jersey.

Marino is a co-owner of the chain along, with founder Anthony Bruno.

Along with their fa­mous wings, he said that the aptly named “Egg­plant Marino” is his fa­vorite menu item. The res­tau­rant has nine lo­ca­tions in New Jersey.

Man­ning did not play on Fri­day night in the Giants pre­sea­son opener.

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To many, Eli Man­ning is a bor­der­line can­di­date to be en­shrined in Can­ton.

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