With a significant amount of attention again being paid to retired New York Giants running back Tiki Barber in recent days, it was actually his former teammate, wide receiver Amani Toomer, who stole the show on Thursday. While appearing on Sirius XM radio, Toomer said he believes Dallas Cowboys signal caller Tony Romo is a better quarterback than Eli Manning.
"Tony Romo is probably the best quarterback in the NFC East," Toomer said. "When you talk about consistency … that guy can play. He's a top upper-echelon quarterback."
Take a moment and allow that to sink in.
If fans are unable to forgive Barber, who has since taken a step back and praised Manning, the reaction to Toomer's latest comments are sure to be drastically worse. And given Eli's tremendous success in clutch situations compared to Romo's routine failures when facing the same pressures, it's hard to understand Toomer's logic … or lack thereof. Then, of course, there are the Super Bowl rings and MVP's.
In recent months, Toomer has made it a habit to say headline-grabbing things and that habit is now becoming a pattern.
Back in mid-March, Toomer got into a vicious and personal Twitter exchange with tight end Jeremy Shockey, calling him a bad teammate and worse person. Then, in early May, Toomer made it a point to criticize yet another former teammate, this time quarterback Kurt Warner, saying his opinions about the violence of football was an attempt to "trash the game."
Perhaps it would be in Toomer's best interest to heed his own advice and "keep his opinions to himself."
But we digress. The Romo/Manning argument is old and tired at this point, and quite frankly, it's clearly one-sided. Taking nothing away from a talented Tony Romo, he's not on the same level as Eli Manning and anyone who truly believes he is, well … let's just say they don't belong debating sports with the grown ups.
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