Damon Harrison Says Eli Manning Is Criticized Like LeBron James

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2017

New York Giants' Eli Manning warms up before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning doesn't get the respect his teammates feel he deserves.

Defensive tackle Damon Harrison is upset his quarterback wasn't named to the NFL Top 100 list for 2017, arguing that Manning gets treated in a similar manner to another star athlete, the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James.

"When you look at Eli, it's kind of like when you look at LeBron," Harrison said on Good Morning Football, via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. "I'm not saying they're the same, but look at Eli's numbers. If 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 [points], 15 rebounds, and 12 assists and it's like 'he didn't do enough.' I don't know what's the deal," Harrison added.

The Top 100 list is voted on by NFL players, and Harrison was named No. 96 overall after earning a first-team All-Pro selection for the first time in his career. However, when asked who he would take off the list to make room for Manning, he named himself first.

Manning has been on the butt end of many jokes, but there is no denying his career production. He has started every game over the past 12 years and ranks in the top 10 in NFL history in both passing yards and passing touchdowns.

He has thrown for over 3,800 yards in each of the last eight seasons.

The four-time Pro Bowler also has two Super Bowl titles, winning the game's MVP award each time. Manning is rarely listed among the top quarterbacks in the game, though, so Harrison has a point about a lack of respect.