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FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots greets Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants after a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Eli Manning is retiring from the National Football League, and the widely respected former Giants quarterback has gotten an outpouring of support. Now he’s gotten a shoutout from his top Super Bowl rival, Tom Brady.

The legacy of the younger Manning brother, and the main reason he will get a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day, is that he was able to slay the beast of the NFL for the past two decades. He didn’t just win two Super Bowls, he beat the Patriots – twice! – and did it in thrilling fashion both times.

So when Brady congratulates Manning on his career and retirement, he’s not exactly congratulating him for … those two February games.

Manning will forever be a source of appreciation for NFL fans outside of New England. Imagine he and David Tyree didn’t hook up for the helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII, or he didn’t make one of the best throws in Super Bowl history to Mario Manningham in Super Bowl XLVI? If the Patriots ended up with goddamn eight Lombardi trophies? Manning will be a Hall of Famer just for preventing that further devastation for the rest of the football world.

Manning retires with a perfectly mediocre 117-117 record. But more importantly, he went 8-4 in the playoffs and 2-0 in the Super Bowl. That alone will be enough to get him into Canton.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at