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Plaxico Burress’ priceless response to if Eli Manning is a Hall of Famer

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The NFL is celebrating the career of former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning ever since he decided to walk away from the game. However, there are still people who question whether Manning’s career makes him worthy to join the Hall of Fame. Plaxico Burress challenged people who see it that way.

He was asked about his thoughts on his former quarterback not being rated by critics to get a Hall of Fame jacket of his own. The retired wideout — who was one of Manning’s favorite targets in his career — told those people to shut up.

It’s understandable why he thought that his quarterback should be respected more during his career. He led the Giants to two Super Bowl wins, and Burress got his only Super Bowl title thanks to him. In fact, they might have won another one during his stint if he didn’t shoot himself in the foot (literally!) during his tenure with the team.

Moreover, Burress didn’t let up on the praise he dropped on Manning. He called him as an easy first-ballot inclusion to the Hall of Fame.

Per Kimberley A. Martin of Yahoo! Sports:

“He will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history of all time,” said Plaxico Burress, who caught the game-winning touchdown in the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII victory over the previously unbeaten Patriots. “He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer in my book. To be able to come to this city and this market, and go through the criticisms and all of the things he had to fight through on a week-to-week basis. … Nobody got it worst than he did when things weren’t going well, and he never wavered.”

Manning notched 57,023 passing yards and 366 touchdowns in his career. He spent his entire 16-year career with the Giants.