Archie Manning’s son Peyton Manning is headed to Dallas to take on one of his brother’s rivals, the Dallas Cowboys led by quarterback Tony Romo. Considering how often Eli Manning plays the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo, you might think he isn’t a popular guy in the Manning household.
That isn’t the case, Archie Manning was quick to praise Romo.
“He’s played good for years,” Manning said, via ESPN. “I think we’re all guilty of making quarterbacks like tennis players and golfers. Quarterbacks play as good as their team plays, and Tony, if protected and his receivers do the job and gets a little running game, he plays a great quarterback as good as anybody.”
Archie was in town for an event honoring Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who claimed he never planned to ditch Romo and pursue Peyton when he was free agent. At the event Romo found another, yet less surprising, supporter in Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach.
“He’s amazing, got some real good receivers in Denver and he’s an extremely smart quarterback,” Staubach said. “He studies like crazy and he knows what’s going on over there and he’s making it look easy. You never know. You get a different matchup and people start watching film and seeing some of that and you see he has tendencies, but he is the best right now in the league. He and [Tom] Brady and [Aaron] Rodgers, and I have Tony in my top 5.”
Beating Peyton though could require Romo to out perform him because this game could turn into a shoot out.