January 27, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; AFC quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos (18, left) shakes hands with NFC quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants (10, right) after the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. The NFC defeated the AFC 62-35. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Tiki Barber: Eli Manning Better Than Peyton Manning

Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber hasn’t always been willing to compliment his former teammate Eli Manning, but lately he is on a tear defending former Giants teammates. First he got into a war of words with Warren Sapp over Michael Strahan, now Barber is praising Eli 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 on the CBS Sports Radio Network show he hosts. “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.”

Interesting stat: Eli’s postseason record is 8-3 while Peyton’s is 9-11. Now, there have been seasons Eli hasn’t made the playoffs while a Peyton led squad almost surely makes the playoffs. Peyton also has a slew of passing records to add to his single Super Bowl resume that Eli can’t.

But those lack of records won’t keep Eli out of the top 5 all-time discussion according to Barber.

“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.

“As much as you want to try and diminish what he’s done, you can’t,” Barber said of Eli. “Every stat and conversation point supports what he’s done.”

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  • Jeffrey

    Good article on Eli vs. Peyton Rankings. . .Mike did well to avoid the pitfall of making too much Reference of the Teams each one has Played for, because it changes the Subject to Overall Team strength pitting one over the Other rather than just reporting on what a particular ex-player has publicly commented on. Sure some Favoritsm cannot be denied, but the jist is said with Class; Nice Job….

  • Alice Morgan

    Well, thats your opinion Tiki but many dont believe in what your saying. http://www.cuttersden.com/