On the same day that Eli Manning retired from the game of football after a 16-year career with the Giants, another star New York quarterback sang some high praises for the two-time Super Bowl champion.
Joe Namath, who played 12 seasons in New York with the Jets and brought the city it's first Super Bowl back in 1969, believes that Manning might just be the best quarterback to ever play here.
"I was pretty good and did some things. Eli, I marveled at. He was remarkable," Namath told The Post Friday morning. "I wouldn't compare myself to Eli. He's done far more than I ever did on the field."
Namath was often injured in the later years of his career, but when asked how he would've compared to Manning if those injuries never occurred, he was adamant that hypotheticals mean nothing.
"If, if, if. It's bulls-t," Namath said. "The games played. The durability. The playoffs. I remember early on he was getting some heat, he didn't always smile much, but every player that's ever played with Eli swears by his work ethic and his character."
With Manning's brother Peyton all but set to enter the Hall of Fame in 2021, and his own candidacy up for debate, Namath believes that neither brother would've been the first Manning to go to Canton if their father Archie -- who played for the Saints, Oilers and Vikings -- had a solid team around him.