Giants quarterback Eli Manning may be in a similar tax bracket to Tom Brady and his own older brother, but the former Super Bowl MVP is downright delusional if he thinks he's in their class in terms of passing performance.
Manning was a guest on ESPN radio in New York on Tuesday and told host Michael Kay that he sees himself in the same light as the three-time Super Bowl winner and reigning unanimous NFL MVP Brady.
"I consider myself in that class," Manning said. "And Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he's a great player and what you've seen with him is he's gotten better every year. He started off winning championships and I think he's a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships.
"I think now he's grown up and gotten better every year and that's what I'm trying to do. I kind of hope these next seven years of my quarterback days are my best."
Manning had 25 interceptions last year, and has had 17 or more in four of his seven seasons. Brady has never thrown more than 14 interceptions.
Manning has had a season passer rating over 86 just once and has been under 80 four times. Brady has had five seasons with a rating over 92, including over 110 in two of his last three full seasons.
I know the game isn't just about the numbers for a quarterback, but considering that Brady has also won a lot more games than the younger Manning it blows me away that Eli would see himself in the same class as No. 12. Wow!