The NFL is aging every year and franchise quarterbacks are slowly inching their way towards retirement. However, which ones will end up in the Hall of Fame? There are four big contenders: Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and of course, Tom Brady. Looking at their careers, it seems like all of them have a decent shot at the Hall of Fame.
Let’s be honest, Rivers has always been the underdog of this group of quarterbacks. He’s pulled off some pretty spectacular wins as well as some incredibly disheartening losses. Since 2006 though, he’s started and played in every single game for the Chargers. He’s one of those quarterbacks who has become a hallmark for that team. His career stats are pretty impressive with 4,171 completions out of 6,492 attempts for a 64.2 percentage. With a total of 50,348 yards and 342 touchdowns, Rivers certainly looks good on paper despite the Chargers’ record.
So what does that mean for Rivers? Last season he actually had a pretty solid year with a 62.6% completion rate, 4,515 yards, 28 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions. It certainly seems like he has a few more years left in the tank if the Chargers can get a line to protect him. However, as his clock ticks, it will be interesting to see if they’ll let him finish his career in LA. But nevertheless, it seems like Rivers will get voted into the Hall of Fame.
Manning is a better quarterback than the New York Giants have deserved recently. He’s possibly one of the classiest guys in the NFL, and that alone should get him into the Hall of Fame. With 2 Super Bowl rings and 2 MVP wins, it seems unlikely the Giants will get rid of him. The outcry over his benching will probably have the administration bending to his will. His stats aren’t all that impressive at face value: he has 7,396 attempts with only 4,424 completions for a 59.8 percentage. But considering he’s forced to throw the ball constantly to avoid taking a sack, this isn’t that surprising. With a total of 339 touchdowns, Eli will definitely make it into the Hall of Fame.
Where does he go from here? Well, the Giants think he has years left in him. Of all the quarterbacks, this seems less likely because of all the hits he takes on the field. Maybe if the line is truly fixed, he will maintain his health to keep playing. He has two Super Bowl wins though, Manning will definitely be in the Hall of Fame.
Also with 2 Super Bowl rings, Roethlisberger also seems like another shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. His Steelers have always performed pretty well, and it’s rare to not see them make the postseason. He’s started in 198 out of the 200 games he’s played for the Steelers, and had 4,164 completions out of 6,493 attempts. With a 64.1% completion rate, 51,065 yards, and 329 touchdowns, it’s probably safe to say he’s done well in Pittsburgh.
What happens next for Big Ben? Don’t attack me Pittsburgh fans but he’s clearly been on his way out. Looking at his stats from the past few years, it doesn’t seem like he’s one of the quarterbacks who could be on his way out. But watching him play this past year, something just looked off. Nevertheless, the Hall of Fame is definitely waiting to add Roethlisberger to their list of all-time greats.
Brady might have told Oprah that retirement is on its way, but I don’t believe that for a second. Not to mention, there’s no way Brady isn’t making into the Hall of Fame. He might actually be the best quarterback of all time. The five-time Super Bowl champion and four-time MVP is probably looking to add another set of rings for his other hand. As a quarterback, his touchdown to interception ratio is fantastic. With a total of 488 TD’s and only 160 interceptions, that alone should make him famous. With 66,159 passing yards and a 63.9% completion rate, Brady is constantly wowing fans with his statistics.
Where does he go now? Tom Brady is one of the most infamous quarterbacks of all time. Out of everyone, I doubt he’ll be worried about his life after football. He’ll get plenty of endorsements, and has a family to spend time with during the downtime. It’s inevitable that he’ll make it into the Hall of Fame as well as the history books with his records. Basically, don’t worry about Brady, he’ll be just fine.