I saw Eli play one of first games at Ole Miss. The team was down by five touchdowns in the first half. The coach, David Cutcliffe, puts in Eli in the middle of the 3rd quarter. Eli then proceeds to throw 5 touchdowns in the second half to almost pull out the win.
After the game the opposing coach walks up to shake hands with coach David Cutcliffe and says " Thank God we didn't see that kid the whole game".
That game told me what I would eventually find out about Eli and it's summed up in one phrase "We evaluate the quarterback position by his ability to lead his team down the field and score with the game on the line.