Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner put together an illustrious career during his 12 years with the Rams, Cardinals and Giants. In fact, his four Pro Bowls, two MVP awards and 1999 Super Bowl MVP might one day land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Apparently, he doesn’t feel Giants QB Eli Manning is worthy of that honor — at least not yet.
During an appearance Tuesday on Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo, Warner was asked if Manning, a 2011 Pro Bowler and the Super Bowl XLVI MVP, should get into the Hall. He answered with a resounding “no.”
“I fully disagree with that,” Warner said, according to Pro Football Talk. “You know because I know we put a lot of weight on championships, and rightfully so. But championships are won as a team, and I’m fully convinced of that. You never see one guy — a great player, great quarterback — carry a team through the playoffs and into a Super Bowl and win a Super Bowl that way. I’ve never seen it.”
Warner, who split time with Manning during the 2004 season, went on to praise the Giants quarterback for his clutch performances, but added that he thinks Manning has been “extremely inconsistent” and needs another five years like the one he had in 2011.
“He made the plays down the stretch, no question about it,” Warner said. “He’s had two great playoff runs, or his team has had two great playoff runs. But I also look at the rest of his career. I mean, he has an 82 … quarterback rating throughout his career. You know, he’s had five of his eight seasons where he has thrown 16 interceptions or more. His completion percentage on his career is 58 percent. To me, those aren’t Hall of Fame numbers, and by that I mean every time you step on the field you’re a game changer, you’re a difference maker. And I don’t believe Eli Manning has been that guy until this year. I think this year is the first time in his career when he’s become that guy.”
Warner will be eligible for the Hall in 2015. If he does make it, there’s a pretty good chance Eli Manning will eventually join him.