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Ex-Giants Toomer stands by comments

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Former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer stood by his comments Friday that Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys is a better quarterback than former teammate Eli Manning.

Toomer told ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM that he planned to say Manning was better, but did some research.

"I love Eli, and I respect the hell out of him as a person," Toomer told "The Michael Kay Show." "I was all set -- Romo's no good, he's a fourth-quarter choker -- and then I started doing my job," Toomer said Friday. "I started looking at the numbers. I started looking at the statistics. I started looking at the quarterback rating. And I was shocked. I was shocked at how good Tony Romo's statistics really were. This guy is really impressive."

A day earlier, Toomer told the "Movin' the Chains" show on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Romo was a better quarterback.

"When I was on the show [Thursday] and we were going over the NFC East, Tim Ryan, my co-host, said [Manning] is the best quarterback in the NFC East and the Giants were going to win the division. And I was like, wait a minute. All this information I had just gathered about Tony Romo, I couldn't let him get away with it.

"So I said, 'You know what? Tony Romo, statistically, he's the better quarterback.'"

Statistics may be one thing, but Manning has two Super Bowl rings.

"At crunch time, [Romo's] not as good as Eli," Toomer said. "But every other time, he's pretty darn good."
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