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Phil Simms wants everyone to know that just because he’s not a Hall of Famer, it doesn’t mean he can’t speak his mind. The former New York Giants quarterback, who won two Super Bowls with the franchise, caught some flack yesterday for saying current Giants quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning is not an elite quarterback.
On Wednesday, Simms was still at it and did not back off his comments. In fact, he added a few names to the list. He says that Dan Marino, Warren Moon or Dan Fouts weren’t elite quarterbacks either,
“I still said it,” Simms said, according to the New York Daily News. “You know, when I got done I could’ve said ‘You know, let’s redo that,’ because at that time we were taping a little segment. But I do stand by how I meant it.
“You know, it makes headlines, but we’re splitting hairs here, I get it asked all the time, ‘Is so-and-so elite?’ And I go ‘Oh my gosh, please, somebody stick a needle in my eye.’ I’m just tired of answering it and hearing it. So I said it. Sorry it’s causing a little firestorm, but that’s the context I said it in.”
Simms contends that the term “elite” is a new age word and that it is thrown around too often. He says it should be used with really high standards.
“‘Elite,’ it’s a new word in the football vocabulary. It really is,” Simms said. “It’s this new thing. I don’t remember hearing it 25-30 years ago. With the way it’s talked about now, Dan Marino was not elite, Warren Moon was never elite, Dan Fouts was not elite. Even though they went to the Hall of Fame, they’re not elite.
“So my thing was, when I think of ‘elite’ I think of great accomplishments with unusual, very good, incredible skills on the field. I didn’t even think about who it would be when I was saying it. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and I think Aaron Rodgers kind of fits in that mode. And the rest we’ll see about.”
Ouch, Simms just went hard in the paint. I give him credit for speaking his mind, though. To his credit, he also knows his football. In my opinion, Fouts, Marino and Moon were really good quarterbacks and human stat monsters. Manning shouldn’t worry about being elite because he wins championships, he’s a leader of men, and most importantly, in the words of the great Herm Edwards…
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