Last week, former Giants’ receiver Amani Toomer made some waves when he told his hosts on “Movin’ The Chains” on Sirius XM NFL Radio that, in his opinion, the best quarterback in the NFC east was the Cowboys’ Tony Romo--and not his former teammate, with whom he won a Super Bowl, Eli Manning.
Toomer was back on the radio again this week, this time on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. And though he attempted to clarify his remarks, Toomer didn’t back down from the initial statement.
"I love Eli, and I respect the hell out of him as a person," Toomer said, via ProFootballTalk. "But I have to do my job, and I have to look at him beyond what the perception is because the perception doesn't always go hand in hand with the reality."
Toomer went on to say that before he looked at the statistics, he would’ve declared Manning the better of the two--but that the numbers ultimately swayed his opinion in Romo’s favor.
“I was all set — Romo’s no good, he’s a fourth-quarter choker — and then I started doing my job,” Toomer said. “I started looking at the numbers. I started looking at the statistics. I started looking at the quarterback rating. And I was shocked. I was shocked at how good Tony Romo’s statistics really were. This guy is really impressive.
“Then when I was on [SiriusXM] and we were going over the NFC East, Tim Ryan, my co-host, said [Manning] is the best quarterback in the NFC East and the Giants were going to win the division. And I was like, wait a minute. All this information I had just gathered about Tony Romo, I couldn’t let him get away with it.
“So I said, ‘You know what? Tony Romo, statistically, he’s the better quarterback.’”
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