Eli Manning and 5 NFL stars who hung around too long

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September 18th, 2019

As Batman once said, "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." This quote translates to NFL players, as well. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a good example.

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Manning made two memorable playoff runs in 2007 and 2011. Both times he took down the New England Patriots and Tom Brady as a massive underdog.
However, since that 2011 Super Bowl run, Manning has a record of 47-76 as a starter, with 177 touchdowns and 112 interceptions. The fan base turned on the four-time Pro Bowler and his legacy has taken a hit, because he likely hung around too long.
Here are five other NFL players who wore out their welcome.

Brett Favre

The Green Bay legend was not ready to call it quits after the 2008 season, when the Packers were ready to move on to Aaron Rodgers. Favre demanded a trade and landed in New York with the Jets before he headed to the Minnesota Vikings. In his final season Favre went 5-8 and had only 11 touchdowns to 19 interceptions. Favre tainted his legacy as on of the greatest Packers and became hated by many fans.

Randy Moss

The Hall of Fame wide receiver was beloved in Minnesota, put up insane stats and made highlight plays left and right. However, after a fallout in 2005, he joined the Oakland Raiders and fell off the map. He rejuvenated his career in 2007, with a record-breaking season with the New England Patriots, but he did not know when to call it quits. In 2010 he played for three different teams, including the Vikings, and after a short stint, the team released him. He retired after the 2010 season, but returned in 2012 to join the San Francisco 49ers, and was just a third-string wide receiver used for the occasional long pass play.

Jerry Rice

The greatest receiver in NFL history put up record numbers in San Francisco and made 12 Pro Bowls from 1986-1998. But after the 2000 season, Rice decided to part ways with San Francisco and went across the bay to play for the Raiders. After a mediocre 2003 season, the Raiders traded Rice to Seattle in the middle of the 2004 season and he only averaged 33 yards per game with the Seahawks. Rice will always be the GOAT, but it was difficult to see him end his career in two different uniforms and have little impact on the field.

Emmitt Smith

The Hall of Fame running back may be the most popular Dallas Cowboy of all time. However, instead of retiring after the 2002 season, he forced the team to release him and he joined the Arizona Cardinals. Smith only averaged 48 yards per game in his two seasons with the Cardinals. It felt off to see one of the best running backs playing for a different team and being nothing more than mediocre.

Terrell Owens

The controversial wide receiver put up great numbers in San Francisco, where he made four straight Pro Bowls before he asked for a release. He then headed to Philadelphia, where he put up an all-pro season before an injury knocked him out. Owens again ran into issues with his team and was released after suspensions. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys and put up three more great seasons. But when it was time to go, he continued to play and only put up 52 yards per game for Buffalo in 2009. Owens then joined the Bengals for another tumultuous season in 2010.

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