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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy

The author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Football with Joe Theismann and the creator of the NFL humor prediction website

Worth Super Money


Early in Eli Manning's career when his brother, Peyton, was tearing it up and Eli was playing more like Tim Couch, I developed the milkman theory. This theory, since disproved, said that Eli's Dad isn't really Archie but instead some random milkman with a weak arm.

And then came Super Bowl XLII when Eli marched his team down the field in the final two minutes against the undefeated New England Patriots. He made one of the more spectacular plays in Super Bowl history and then dropped a perfect pass into the hands of Plaxico Burress to win the game and out-Brady Tom Brady, who used to do this kind of thing to brother Peyton all the time.

That was the day all questions about his worth were answered. Of course on an ethical teachers-versus-touchdowns level about which is more important, he is not worth $97.5 million. But in the world of comic book numbers that is the NFL salary structure, he is worth it. Sure, it would be nice for salary cap reasons to get him signed for less, but more important is simply having a great quarterback on the roster of an already good team. For those who haven't noticed, this is usually (Trent Dilfer being the exception) the only formula to win the Super Bowl.

There are only a handful of great quarterbacks in the NFL. There are a slew of average ones and quite a few really incompetent ones. Eli is a great quarterback who has proven he is capable of performing in the clutch on the biggest stage. It's the ultimate test and he passed. Of course he's worth the money.

By Brian Tarcy  |  August 6, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  | Category:  New York Giants , Peyton Manning Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Reason why he got this kind of money: look no further than his birth certificate.

Posted by: scottgower1 | August 6, 2009 2:41 PM

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