What do Aaron Rodgers and Cleo Lemon have in common?
The same thing shared by Tom Brady and Scott Tolzien.
Eli Manning beat all four quarterbacks once during the regular season.
After 16 seasons, 234 starts and 117 victories for the Giants, Manning is retiring. And he is doing so with a total count of 76 different quarterbacks defeated — 74 in the regular season plus two more only in the playoffs.
His most frequent victims? NFC East rivals Jason Campbell and Tony Romo, followed by Donovan McNabb and Kirk Cousins. That’s a lot of wins against the Redskins.
His most well-traveled foe? He beat Ryan Fitzpatrick as the opposing starter for four different teams (Bills, Texans, Redskins and Dolphins). Fitzpatrick also was the last quarterback to lose to Manning, who earned his first win as a rookie against the now 56-year-old Vinny Testaverde.
Here is a closer breakdown of all the Hall of Famers, one-hit wonders and everyone in between who was bested by Manning on his path to greatness:
REGULAR SEASON (74)
6: Jason Campbell, Tony Romo
5: Donovan McNabb, Kirk Cousins
4: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Michael Vick
2: Kurt Warner, Marc Bulger, Mark Brunell, Mike McMahon, Drew Bledsoe, Rex Grossman, Joe Flacco, Matt Cassel, Matt Moore, Shaun Hill, Mark Sanchez, Alex Smith, Robert Griffin III, Drew Brees, Josh Freeman, Matt Stafford, Matt Ryan, Dak Prescott, Jay Cutler
1: Vinny Testaverde, Aaron Brooks, Jake Plummer, Cody Pickett, Trent Green, Kerry Collins, Bruce Gradkowski, David Carr, Chris Weinke, Chad Pennington, Joey Harrington, Trent Dilfer, Cleo Lemon, Jon Kitna, Trent Edwards, Carson Palmer, Matt Hasselbeck, J.T. O’Sullivan, Ben Roethlisberger, Brad Johnson, Jake Delhomme, Byron Leftwich, JaMarcus Russell, Matt Schaub, Charlie Whitehurst, David Garrard, Tavaris Jackson, Sam Bradford, Kevin Kolb, Cam Newton, Brandon Weeden, Aaron Rodgers, Terrelle Pryor, Scott Tolzien, Colt McCoy, Zach Mettenberger, Tyrod Taylor, Colin Kaepernick, Jameis Winston, Ryan Tannehill, Case Keenum, Carson Wentz, Andy Dalton, Josh McCown, Trevor Siemien, Deshaun Watson, Nick Mullens, Chase Daniel, Tom Brady
2: Tom Brady
1: Jeff Garcia, Tony Romo, Brett Favre, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Colin Kaepernick
For more on Eli’s retirement, listen to the latest episode of the “Blue Rush” podcast: