Former New York Giants signal caller Kurt Warner, now NFL analyst for the NFL Network, released his top 10 quarterbacks list recently. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, absent from his top five was the quarterback who eventually replaced him as the starter for Big Blue: Eli Manning
Manning just missed the top five, ranking sixth on Warner's list. In order, the top five went as follows: New England Patriots' Tom Brady, Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees, Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning and Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger. Following Manning at number six is Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan, Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco, San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers and Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo.
Typically, the quality of a quarterback is heavily dependent on how many Super Bowl rings they have, which is why some would argue Manning should be higher on Warner's list. Eli, who has two rings, is behind his brother Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, who each have one Super Bowl victory on their resumé.
Warner hasn't shied away from criticizing Manning in the past. Early in 2012, Warner proclaimed he didn't feel Manning was Hall of Fame worthy citing that his post-season success can't outweigh his inconsistency during the regular season. Some may say he is still bitter of being replaced by Manning when he felt he had more quality play left in the tank.
Still, to be considered the sixth best quarterback heading into the 2013 season by an NFL great is an honor. Manning has a good number of years of his prime left to build on his greatness.
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