Tiki Barber: I would take Eli over Peyton

Perhaps Tiki Barber, who has put his foot in his mouth several times since retiring from the NFL in 2006, wants to make nice with the Giants.

Barber, who is the Giants all-time leading rusher, made comments on his CBS Sports Radio show, saying he believes Eli Manning’s ability to win when it counts trumps Peyton’s statistical accomplishments.

“The expectation was that he was never going to be Peyton. I remember having these conversations with people who watched Eli in college, saying, ‘He’s good, but he’s never going to be Peyton, he’s not Peyton.’ Guess what? I think he’s better than Peyton.”  Barber further explained his reasoning by saying that Eli is simply more clutch than his older brother, “Because of clutch. What matters in sports? It’s winning and losing. You get to the stage and what do you do? Eli’s gotten there and he’s won,” Barber said.

The comments by Barber come as somewhat of a surprise seeing as Tiki publicly questioned Eli’s leadership skills following his retirement from the Giants in 2006.  In the years since Barber’s retirement Manning has led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles and is 8-3 in the postseason, while older brother Peyton has had his struggles in the off-season, most recently losing a heart breaking double overtime game to the Ravens at home as a member of the Denver Broncos.

Barber went on to say that he not only believes Eli is better than Peyton, but he can see Eli ending up as one of the Top 5 quarterbacks of all time.

“For Eli to crack the top-five of all time, he’s got to have a 2011 season a couple more times and win another Super Bowl and be Super Bowl MVP, and then I think he’s in the discussion for the top five of all time,” Barber said.

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