Eli to world: Is this elite enough fer ya?

Manning backs up proclamation, will soon square off with Brady, Rodgers, Brees

Updated: October 28, 2011, 2:04 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It was an honest answer to a direct question. Eli Manning thought it was innocent enough. And it happened more than two months ago.

Yet Manning still is asked about saying that, yes, he is in Tom Brady's class as an elite quarterback.

"I thought it was a normal interview and nothing would really come out of it," Manning said of his Aug. 16 appearance on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 1050.

"I don't think I answered it incorrectly. ...

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