With a touchdown pass to Roger Lewis against the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning now has 300 passing touchdowns in his career. He's only the eighth quarterback in history to reach this milestone, joining esteemed company in Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Fran Tarkenton and John Elway.
His 24-yard touchdown pass to Lewis in the second quarter was the first score for the Giants Sunday. It was the sixth touchdown pass for Manning all season.
Manning's NFL career started off on a strange note. After a distinguished run at Ole Miss, he was the consensus top prospect in the 2004 NFL Draft, but the San Diego Chargers held the No. 1 pick and Manning openly campaigned against being drafted by them. At one point, his agent even threatened that Manning would sit out his entire rookie year if San Diego took him.
In the end, the two sides came to a compromise. The Chargers did draft Manning first overall, but immediately traded him to the Giants, who gave up their No. 4 pick in the process. The trade was considered a win for everyone involved -- Manning went to a more desirable team, while the Chargers got a franchise quarterback of their own in Philip Rivers.
Despite a shaky start to his NFL career, Manning eventually settled in as the Giants' top signal caller, and his most famous moment occurred in Super Bowl 42. Trailing the undefeated New England Patriots by four points in the final minutes, Manning miraculously escaped a sure sack and launched the ball downfield, which was pinned to David Tyree's helmet for the first down. A few plays later, Manning found Plaxico Burress in the end zone, denying the Patriots their 19-0 bid and giving the Giants one of the biggest upset wins in NFL history. He won the Super Bowl MVP for his efforts.
The Giants faced the Patriots in the Super Bowl once again four years later, and once again Manning led his team to the win, earning his second Super Bowl MVP and more or less securing his legacy.
After that win, it looked like Manning's career was declining as the Giants fizzled into mediocrity. However, he got a second wind with the addition of young superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and in 2015 Manning posted a career high with 35 touchdown passes.
Eli entered the league with a lot of pressure to live up to his Manning name and fulfill expectations in the New York media market. After over a decade of excellent play and multiple rings, it certainly looks like he'll be joining his brother in Canton one day.