Tiki Barber believes it’s no contest.
Appearing on CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday, the former Giants running back said Eli Manning is better than Peyton Manning.
“The expectation was that he was never going to be Peyton. I remember having these conversations with people who watched Eli in college, saying, ‘He’s good, but he’s never going to be Peyton, he’s not Peyton.’ Guess what? I think he’s better than Peyton,” Barber said. “Because of clutch. What matters in sports? It’s winning and losing. You get to the stage and what do you do? Eli’s gotten there and he’s won.”
Clutch certainly describes Eli, whose career postseason record is a sparkling 9-3. Peyton, on the other hand, is just 9-11.
Looking strictly at statistics, however, the scale is tilted in Peyton’s favor. He’s thrown for 59,487 career yards, 436 touchdowns, and holds just about every passing record under the sun. Eli, by comparison, has thrown for 31,527 and 211 touchdowns.
But Barber is focusing on the bigger picture: Eli won two Super Bowl titles and Peyton only did it once. Could this land him amongst the top-five QB’s of all-time?
“For Eli to crack the top five of all time, he’s got to have a 2011 [type] season a couple more times and win another Super Bowl and be Super Bowl MVP, and then I think he’s in the discussion for the top five [quarterbacks] of all time,” Barber said.
What say you?
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