- Posted: 4:07 PM, July 6, 2012
One day after former Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer claimed that Cowboys QB Tony Romo was a better quarterback that Eli Manning, Strahan took to the airwaves to defend the two-time Super Bowl MVP.
“You need to check [Toomer’s] house for bath salts,” Strahan said on the Hill and Schlereth Show on ESPN Radio. “I haven’t heard anything, but that’s surprising to hear. Somebody’s always better than the next.”
Strahan, who was teammates with both Manning and Toomer during the Giants’ Super Bowl run in 2007, said he would rather let the players’ accomplishments speak for themselves.
“I just look at what people have done in their careers when it comes to the numbers and the things they’ve done to excel and where they are right now,” Strahan said. “I look at Eli and I think he’s the only two-time [Super Bowl] winning quarterback in the league who gets less respect than anybody else.”
Strahan, who was teammates with Manning from 2004-08, said that Eli’s critics may overlook him due to the way he goes about playing his position.
“I think maybe it’s his demeanor, maybe it’s just the way he goes about his business,” Strahan said. “It’s not showy and it doesn’t look fancy and it’s not extravagant looking but you know what, numbers don’t lie, people do.”
The Giants all-time leader in sacks also credited Manning for believing in himself and transforming into a franchise quarterback.
“The talent level was always there, he could always make all of the throws he just has such a high level of confidence right now,” Strahan said. “The Eli Manning that the Giants have now is the quarterback that they hoped they drafted, that they expected when they drafted.
“His confidence is through the roof, totally different than when I was there.”