As Eli Manning pointed out, he’s the third most talked about quarterback in New York, but the Daily News football staff voted him the best player in the big city, edging out Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and far ahead of the Gang Green GQ quarterback tag team of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.

 

PHOTOS: THE DAILY NEWS' TOP 25 NEW YORK FOOTBALL PLAYERS

 

Sanchez and Tebow gather headlines and magazine covers. Nike Air Max 95 Manning gathers Super Bowl rings.

 

Manning is the first Giants quarterback to win multiple Super Bowls and joins a select list of 11 quarterbacks who have won more than one, joining all-time greats Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, John Elway and Tom Brady.

 

THE PANEL: SEE THE VOTING BREAKDOWN

 

Seven members of the Daily News football staff submitted their list of the Top 50 players in New York and from there we put the vote together and came up with the Top 25 Giants and Jets of 2012. Sort of an all-star team not restricted by position.

 

Fifty points were awarded for a first-place vote, 49 points for a second-place vote, etc., down to one point for a 50th place vote. A total of 68 different players received votes.

 

Sanchez finished an unimpressive 16th on the list, but comfortably ahead of Tebow at No. 23. One voter had Sanchez fifth while another had him at No. 21. Only one voter had Tebow listed ahead of Sanchez and that was by just one spot. Tebow’s highest vote was No. 17. His lowest was No. 37. Both quarterbacks appeared on every ballot.

 

Manning picked up six of the seven first-place votes and compiled a total of 348 points out of a possible 350. One voter slotted him third behind Revis and Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who finished third overall with 336 points. Revis picked up one first-place vote and six second-place votes. JPP, who emerged as a superstar on the way to the Super Bowl last season, had one second-place vote, five third-place votes and one fourth-place vote.

 

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was awarded one third-place vote and was the only player other than Manning, Revis and JPP to pick up a vote in the top three. He finished seventh overall.

 

The Giants dominated the Daily News Top 10 by controlling seven spots with Manning, Pierre-Paul, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, defensive end Justin Tuck, Cruz, defensive end Osi Umenyiora and guard Chris Snee. Center Nick Mangold, fourth overall, and linebacker David Harris, who finished 10th, were the only Jets to join Revis in the top 10.

 

When the list expanded to the Top 25, the Jets fared much better and closed the gap: There are 13 Giants and 12 Jets. What does it mean? The Giants have more impact players than the Jets, but the Jets are better on the second level. The Giants have the better quarterback, the top three pass rushers and two receivers better than Santonio Holmes.

 

The strength of the Giants is clearly the pass rush and the voters backed that up with JPP, Tuck and Umenyiora all finishing in the top 10. Calvin Pace was the highest-rated Jets pass rusher. He barely missed out on the final 25. He finished 26th. Ahmad Bradshaw was the highest-rated running back at No. 19. Not surprising when you consider the Jets’ running game was ranked No. 22 last season and the Giants were last at No. 32.

 

 


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