"When you break Johnny Unitas' record for fourth-quarter touchdown passes, I
And to Manning's Giants teammate Chris Canty
, that's the
only possible explanation for the quarterback's still-low standing in the NFL
Network's recent Top 100 players rankings. In a survey of NFL players, Manning
checked in at No. 31
, despite a season filled with come-from-behind
"He's No. 1 in my book, there's no question about it," Canty said Thursday,
in between working with youngsters at his Camp of Champions youth football camp
But, Canty added, Manning is often easy to overlook.
"First of all, he's little brother (to Peyton Manning
Canty said. "And his persona, how he presents himself. He's not brash, he's not
outspoken. And humility gets a bad rap in our league. Unfortunately, it's become
a talking league, everybody wants to talk, talk, talk. But he lets his play do
Rodgers was ranked No. 1 in the poll. Ben Roethlisberger (30), Brady (4) and
Drew Brees (2) were the only quarterbacks ranked ahead of Manning.
This past season, Manning outplayed everyone when it counted the most. His 15
fourth-quarter TD passes were the most in league history, and he had a 110.0 QB
rating in the final frame. In the postseason, he threw nine TD passes and just
That helped earn Manning a spot in the NFL Network Top 100, just one year
after he hadn't even landed in the rankings at all. But to Canty, the ranking
was "too little, too late."
Canty is hardly the only Giant who thinks Manning was snubbed yet again. Last
weekend, defensive end Justin Tuck said it was "a joke" that Manning checked in
at No. 31. And on Thursday, linebacker Michael Boley, one of a handful of NFL
stars helping at Canty's camp, agreed with the rest of Big Blue.
"It's just a poll, I guess," Boley said, who added that he did not have a
vote. "His stats and winning two Super Bowls, it speaks for itself. Eli would
have definitely gotten my vote for No. 1 . . . He's not the flashiest, but he
And in the end, said Canty, that's all that counts, silly NFL Network poll be
"It doesn't really matter. I'm sure Eli's not losing any sleep over being
rated 31," Canty said. "He's thinking about how to make our football team better
this coming season."