Amani Toomer is one of the all-time great New York Giants. He holds the franchise records for most catches and receiving yards with 668 and 9,497, respectively. However, the once sure-handed receiver dropped the ball on Thursday, July 5, in a guest spot on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
In comparing his former teammate, quarterback Eli Manning, to Dallas Cowboys signal-caller Tony Romo, Toomer sided with Romo. Incidentally, Manning recently was rated No. 31 (No. 11 by the fans) in the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2012. Romo was way down at No. 91. But don't tell that to Toomer, who seems to have confused fantasy football with the real thing.
"Tony Romo is probably -- if you look at him statistically -- he's probably the best quarterback in the NFC East," Toomer said. "I mean, you look at Eli Manning and what he does in the fourth quarter. But you talk about consistency -- talk about 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. That guy can play."
I don't want to throw Toomer under the bus here. After all, he played his entire 13-year career for the Giants and made some big catches for the team. But to suggest Romo is a better quarterback than Manning after last season's run by Big Blue is absurd.
Look, Romo is a very good quarterback, but we've been through this argument a million times before. For all the impressive numbers he puts up in the regular season, Romo hasn't won the big games. He is 1-3 in the playoffs and twice lost to Manning last season with the NFC East title up for grabs. Manning, on the other hand, is 8-3 in the playoffs, including a win in Dallas on the way to Super Bowl XLII, and has won a pair of SB MVPs. Those are the stats that matter.
Added Toomer, "For me, If I wanted a guy that is gonna throw less interceptions, (be) more productive, higher completion percentage, I'm going to go with Tony Romo. At crunch time he's not as good as Eli, but every other time he's pretty darn good."
I'm still going with Manning -- every single time.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. You can follow Adam on Twitter @PegCitySports.