Although they may be a tad bit biased, several of Eli Manning's teammates came to his defense on Thursday during Chris Canty's "Camp of Champions", saying the New York Giants quarterback got gypped on the NFL's Top 100 List for 2012 despite a ranking of #31. Like defensive end Justin Tuck, who called the ranking a "joke", linebacker Michael Boley said the two-time Super Bowl MVP deserved at least a top five nod.
“It’s just a poll, I guess. Obviously he’s a lot better than the 31st, he definitely should be top five, if not No. 1," Boley said. "His stats, winning two Super Bowls, that speaks for itself. Eli would have definitely got my vote for No. 1. He’s not the flashiest, but he wins games."
Canty also chimed in on this ongoing debate, saying that Eli's demeanor is what sets him back in the eyes of his peers in a "talk, talk, talk" league. And if it's not his quiet persona, it's that he continues to live in the shadow of his older brother, Peyton Manning … despite owning more rings.
“When you break Johnny Unitas’ record for fourth-quarter touchdown passes I think he deserves to be a little higher than 31," Canty said. "He elevates the play of everybody around him. He allows the defense to play with more confidence. We know if we get him the football late in the game we don’t have to worry about winning. What he does for our football team and what he means to our team is invaluable…He’s number one in my book."
Manning may not have received the recognition befitting of him on the NFL Top 100 List, but he certainly did in the Pro Football Focus Top 101 Players of 2011 where he ranked eight overall. He was the third ranked quarterback behind Green Bay Packers signal caller Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans Saints gunslinger Drew Brees.
In addition to Manning, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (17) and wide receivers Victor Cruz (37) and Hakeem Nicks (50) also cracked the PFF top 101.
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