Giants’ Damon Harrison Seriously Compares Eli Manning to LeBron James

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New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison, like most followers of the NFL, has a problem with the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list.

Harrison was ranked 98th on the list, which is determined by voting NFL players, but that’s not even his qualm—it’s that his quarterback Eli Manning isn’t on the list at all.

In defending that position though, he took things a little too far—Harrison, an All-Pro last season, compared the lack of love Eli gets to LeBron James’ being overlooked for MVP awards because we’re just so used to his dominance at this point.

“Eli, when you look at Eli, it’s kind of like when you look at LeBron—I’m not saying they’re the same, but look at Eli’s numbers,” Harrison said on Good Morning Football. “Any other quarterback would have those numbers it would be an amazing year, but, it being Eli, no one is respecting it much like we do LeBron. LeBron could average 30, 15 rebounds and 12 assists and it’s like ‘he didn’t do enough.’ I don’t know what’s the deal.”

Manning completed 63 percent of his passes in 2016 for 4,027 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. Solid numbers, yes. But not on an MVP level or even something I’d describe as “an amazing year.”

When asked what player Manning should replace in the top 100, Harrison magnanimously suggested himself.