Eli Manning has proven that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL today. He's been proving that since Superbowl XLII.
Yes, Manning had a rough year in the 2010-2011 season when he threw for 25 interceptions. But what people seemed to have forgotten was that the Giants still won 10 games with his interception rate increasing. Even though the Giants failed to make the playoffs again in 2010, it is unrealistic to throw 25 interceptions and win 10 games.
Following probably his worst year as a quarterback, Manning was being criticized before the 2011 season even began. Eli wasn't even considered one of the top 100 players of 2011 on the NFL Network, while Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo were. Yes McNabb (who was benched during the second half of the season), and Romo (who was injured before the second half of the 2010 season) were both considered two of the 100 greatest players of the 2010 season, while Eli Manning was one of the few football players not included on the list.
Entering 2011, Eli Manning had stated on the Michael Kay radio show, he considered himself an "elite" quarterback like Tom Brady and his older brother Peyton Manning. Of course the media made a huge deal about this, as they criticized Eli and doubted he was even considering himself to be in the same class as Brady and Peyton. It looked like Eli was facing another image of his criticism surrounding him in the 2007 season.
Sports writers, fans and critics everywhere in 2007 doubted Manning was the right answer for New York's Giants. As the criticism and hatred of Manning grew, so did his ability to win games for the Giants. The criticism still surrounded Eli even in the Superbowl, but the hatred had diminished away. After winning the Superbowl against the unbeaten New England Patriots in Superbowl XLII, the criticism surrounding Manning began to fade.
However at the end of the 2010 season, the criticism grew once again around "Peyton's Younger Brother" Eli. And with his comments stating he considered himself an elite quarterback, the criticism kept piling on Eli. But just like every other year, Eli ignored his critics and began to play like an elite quarterback in 2011.
His "eliteness" began to show with miraculous fourth quarter come-from-behind wins, the resiliency of the team and the number of interceptions dropping from the previous year. At the end of the 2011 season, Eli had done it again and won the Superbowl against his brother's arch rival, in his brother's home town. He became a two-time Superbowl MVP. This showed he was and has been in the same class as Brady and his older brother, Peyton.
Is he an elite quarterback now? The answer would appear to be "ABSOLUTELY".
Deion Sanders appeared to be the only man outside the New York Giants organization that did not doubt the abilities of Eli Manning.
And just like Deion said, "I BELIEVE IN ELI!"