Eli Manning vs. Tom Brady: Who would you rather have? [Poll]
Eli Manning and Tom Brady are in the prime of their careers. They each have at least one Super Bowl ring, and in two weeks one of them will add another to his collection.
Which one of them would you rather build a team around right now?
When Brady starts for the New England Patriots in Indianapolis, he will be making his fifth Super Bowl appearance and looking for his fourth championship. He is 34 years old but shows no signs of slowing down -- his 5,235 passing yards this season are the second-most in NFL history. His 39 touchdown passes are the second-best in his 12-year career and his 105.6 passer rating is his third-best.
Overall, he has passed for 39,979 yards, 300 touchdowns and 115 interceptions. Those are impressive statistics, but they also might be seen as considerable mileage.
Manning is 31 years old and seeking his second Super Bowl win, after leading the New York Giants to victory over Brady and the Patriots in 2008. He passed for 4,933 yards -- by far the best of his eight NFL seasons -- to go with 29 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a passer rating of 92.9 this year.
Overall, he has passed for 27,579 yards, 185 touchdowns and 99 interceptions. His numbers may not be as impressive as Brady's, but after what is being viewed as a breakthrough season, his best years may still be ahead of him.
You can't go wrong with either of the Super Bowl quarterbacks, but we're forcing you to choose one of them. Vote in the poll, then leave a comment explaining why you voted the way you did.
-- Chuck Schilken
Left photo: Eli Manning. Credit: Jamie Squire / Getty Images
Right photo: Tom Brady. Credit: Jim Rogash / Getty Images