Deion Sanders has always beeen a fan and avid supporter of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. You would often hear him screaming to the world on TV, “I believe in Eli.”
His support seems to stop right there.
As Manning heads into retirement and the debate over his Hall of Fame candidacy rages, Sanders admits that too many regular players are getting in and he seems to include Eli in that conversation.
“What is a Hall of Famer now? Is it a guy who played a long time?” Sanders said. “It’s so skewed now. Once upon a time, a Hall of Famer was a player who changed the darn game, who made you want to reach in your pocket and pay your admission to see that guy play. That’s not a Hall of Famer anymore. Every Tom, Dick and Harry, you’re a Hall of Famer, you’re a Hall of Famer, you’re a Hall of Famer. They let everybody in this thing. It’s not exclusive anymore. And I don’t like it.”
“Someone who changed the game. Had a profound take and a profound influence on the game. Randy Moss, Hall of Famer. Like, like, you don’t even have to think about that,” said Sanders.
“Barry Sanders?” Dan Patrick asked.
“You don’t even have to think about it,” Deion replied.
“Eli Manning?” asked Patrick.
“You get the point of the thought,” Sanders replied.
“I love me some Eli,” he clarified. “If you have to think, it shouldn’t be.”
Sanders doesn’t like that it’s always around 5 or 6 players that are inducted each year.
“Why does it have to be? It should be based on, ‘Are you that guy?’ Not just because we have to meet a quota,” Deion stated.
Stephen A. Smith agrees with Sanders: