Voters: Dr. Bill Chachkes, Kel Dansby, John Fennelly, Chris Johnson, Dan Orlando (Sports World Report), Rich Resch, Craig Santucci, Dan Stack, Jon Wagner
Eli ManningVotes received: Everyone ranked Eli #1.
Resch: The NFL is a passing league, so most of the top-tier quarterbacks are going to be the most important player on their team. In the Giants' case, it's a no-brainer. With Big Blue's style of play (and the NFL in general), so many games are going to come down to the last drive. Who would you rather have as your field general in those situation than the two-time Super Bowl MVP who broke the NFL record for fourth quarter touchdowns?
Aside from his historic play in the clutch, Manning had his best statistical season last year. He also became the NFL's new Iron Man despite playing behind a revolving-door-offensive-line. He has developed into a team leader and has become everything that could have been expected from a first overall pick. In terms of Giants lore, he's already among the elite.
Orlando: This may seem like an obvious choice for the top spot and that's because it is. If there are still Manning doubters out there, then they must be Eagles fans.
Manning nearly threw for 5,000 yards last season. Why? Because all of a sudden the Giants were a pass first team. He had a great supporting cast to work with as far as weapons were concerned, but his concentration and ability to throw ridiculously precise passes made the 2011 season special.
His grit will likely be needed during the coming season. With the offensive line in flux, he may be exposed to more pressure than he would like.
Chachkes: Without Eli there is no "2 SB's in 5 years." He rapidly matured in 2007 and 2008, slumped slightly in 2009 and part of 2010, but came back strong this year and is finally "Elite" like Delta Force. This could be the year he surpasses his brother Peyton.
Fennelly: If they lose him, I'm not sure how much David Carr can help at this stage of his career, especially after sitting the past few seasons.
Wagner: Almost by default, the #1 QB will be #1 on this type of list for most teams. But go back and watch last season, from Week 1 to the Super Bowl, and see how obvious the choice is to put Manning at the top of this list for the Giants.
Johnson: The Giants go as Eli goes, simple as that.
Stack: Duh! Without him, no Super Bowls are possible.
Santucci: Enough said.
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