There sure is a lot of Eli Manning Hall of Fame talk going on now that he’s won his second Super Bowl for the Giants and been named MVP of the Big Dance twice. That’s what engineering two, game-winning drives on sports largest stage will do for you. There’s no denying he’s cemented himself as a clutch, top-tier QB and an all-time Giants great. But an all-time NFL great? I think the jury’s still out. Let’s say he plays 4-5 more years, has average stats, leads his team the playoffs 2 or 3 more times but never gets another ring. Chances are his lifetime stats by then will be formidable enough and the two rings shiny enough that he’d get in to the HOF at some point. I guess deservedly so. Could you say the same thing about Big Ben who has two rings as well? I’m reminded of guys like Tarkenton and Marino – no doubt two greats of the game – that are ringless who many people would argue are better QBs than Eli. They were game changers – the first one with his legs and the latter with his arm. Of course, they are in Canton. But neither a champion. Today, the younger Manning has two championships to his brother’s one. Yet his brother, Peyton, is a HOFer if he never played another down and a top 5 QB of all-time. The HOF talk for Eli is valid. But even with two rings, I don’t feel his body of work is complete for enshrinement. Not just yet.