“If you look at it, statistically, [Romo] is probably the best quarterback in the NFC East,’’ said Toomer, 37, a decent wide receiver who the Giants took out of the University of Michigan in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. “If I wanted a guy that is going to throw less interceptions and be more productive, higher completion percentage, I’m going with Tony Romo.’’
Toomer, who caught 668 passes for 9,497 yards and 54 scores before being forced out of the league as a wannabe Kansas City Chief in August 2009, then readily admitted that Manning is the grander winner of the two signal-callers.
“At crunch time he’s not as good as Eli,” said Toomer, who helped Manning and the Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII.
Manning, who was chosen first overall out of the University of Mississippi by the San Diego Chargers and then immediately traded to the Giants in the 2004 NFL Draft, needled the Wolverine of yesteryear on Monday during a break from promoting Gatorade’s “Beat The Heat’’ program.
“I got some text messages from some buddies about the situation, I hadn’t heard about it, kind of researched it a little bit, saw some of the comments, I kind of laughed about it a little bit,’’ said Manning, 31, the owner of the most fourth quarter touchdown passes in a season with 15. “I saw Toomer not too long ago at the ESPY awards and I went up to him and I said, ‘Hey, I think Willie Ponder and Ike Hilliard were better receivers than you were for the Giants.’ Just kind of laughed and joked about it. I don’t get upset about those things. Amani’s been a good pal of mine. I don’t think he was trying to be mean to me in any way or try to hurt my feelings.”
The younger Manning brother, who has tossed 185 touchdowns, in comparison to 129 picks, for 27, 579 yards, continued to layout his thoughts on the overblown matter.
“That’s just the way things are now, with so many different talk radio shows and so many different things talking about football year-round, there’s only so much you can say,” said Manning, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who also guided the Big Blue over the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI. “You can listen to every single one and get upset every time they say anything bad about me or the Giants. If that got to me and got me upset or concerned we’d have some serious problems.’’
In comparison to Manning, the embattled Romo is a three-time Pro Bowler whose 96.9 career passing rating is second-best in NFL history.
The 32-year-old Romo, who the Cowboys nabbed in 2003 after he went undrafted out of Eastern Illinois University, has thrown 149 touchdowns, in contrast to 72 interceptions, for 20,834.
Jessica Simpson’s former banging companion, who, after playing sparingly his first few seasons became Dallas’ permanent starter in October 2006, has long been criticized for his frequent failures, and utter meltdowns, in clutch situations.
Unfortunately for the second generation Mexican-American, much of the criticism is entirely unfounded and he is indeed an elite quarterback suitable of running “America’s Team.”
In actuality, every word spoken by Amani Toomer was accurate and entirely taken out of context.
“Statistically, [Romo] is probably the best quarterback in the NFC East.”
However, “At crunch time he’s not as good as Eli.”
End of a non-story.by