NEW YORK (WFAN) – Would Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning be Hall of Famers if their careers ended today?
One legendary Giant certainly thinks so.
Following Manning and Coughlin’s second Super Bowl victory together this past season, two-time Super Bowl Champion Phil Simms told USA Today that both the star quarterback and the 65-year-old coach will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio one day.
“Here we were five years ago — before the Giants won their first Super Bowl — and all the talk that year was maybe the Giants need to bring another quarterback in and Tom Coughlin’s in trouble,” Simms told USA TODAY. “Now they both absolutely one day will go in the Hall of Fame.”
Both Coughlin and Manning have been portrayed as scapegoats numerous times throughout their Giants career, but their recent triumph in Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots solidified their place in the team’s history.
And that first championship — Super Bowl XLII over the at-the-time 18-0 New England Patriots — set the one for what was to come for this dynamic duo.
“Eli has been a real clutch quarterback,” Simms said. “When you talk about why, never underestimate who he plays for and how he’s been groomed.”
Coughlin, who has said that he would like to coach into his 70s, has a career head-coaching record of 154-121.
Manning, a first overall pick out of Ole Miss, has been a Giant since his rookie season in 2004. The 31-year-old is a two-time Pro Bowler, a two-time Super Bowl MVP and he owns the record for the most road playoff wins by a quarterback in NFL history.
If their careers ended today, would Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin deserve to be inducted into the Hall of Fame? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…