The Ole Miss grad was selected first overall in 2004, but not by the Giants. After a quick trade with the San Diego Chargers, who selected Manning, the Giants sent quarterback Philip Rivers west to obtain the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning.
In his fourth season with the Giants, Eli Manning led New York to its fourth Super Bowl appearance and third Super Bowl Championship, beating the favored New England Patriots, 17-14, on a fourth quarter touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress, with 35 seconds remaining in the game.
Four seasons later, Eli Manning would once again lead the Giants to a Super Bowl Championship. And again over the New England Patriots. As he was in Super Bowl XLII, Manning would be the Super Bowl MVP in XLVI.
Aside from leading the Giants to two Super Bowl Championships, and being named MVP in both of those Super Bowls, what has Manning done to earn the title of Best New York Giant to Wear Number 10? Just this:
- Giants' All-Time Passing Yards Leader (35,345 yards as of the 2013 season)
- Giants' All-Time Passing TD Leader (171 TDs as of 2013 season)
- Giants' All-Time Passes Completed Leader (2,929 as of 2013 season)