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Eli Manning quietly elevates himself to 'franchise QB' status

Whether his critics like it or not, Eli Manning did enough good things in three playoff games to get the Giants to the Super Bowl -- and to be considered a franchise quarterback, John Clayton writes.

Originally Published: January 22, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Peyton Manning is the definition of a franchise quarterback.

The reason is pretty simple. General manager Bill Polian built the Indianapolis Colts franchise around him. Manning not only changed the fortunes of the Colts, but he changed the standard of quarterback play around the NFL. He came into the league in 1998 when the quarterback position was in the abyss. Some teams held on to aging quarterbacks too long while others rushed NFL Europe quarterbacks into starting jobs.

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