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Tony Romo says Eli Manning can still play but he just needs more help around him

Eli Manning of the Giants and Tony Romo

Eli Manning of the Giants and Tony Romo of the Cowboys meet after their game at MetLife Stadium on Jan. 1, 2012. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Tony Romo is only 8 1⁄2 months older than Eli Manning, but he already is two seasons into his new career as CBS’ lead game analyst. Nevertheless, he believes there still is football life left in his fellow 38-year-old, under the right conditions.

“I think Eli can still play,” Romo said of the Giants quarterback, whose future with the team is uncertain, during an event in Manhattan to promote CBS’ coverage of Super Bowl LIII.

“But I think Eli’s not that different from a lot of quarterbacks as you get older. Peyton Manning won a Super Bowl in Denver and he wasn’t playing at the same level as he was when he was in his Colts prime, when he was darn near unbeatable for so many years.

“So you need help around you from your football team . . . At a certain age, you can’t carry the football team like you once did week in and week out.

“Different times in your career, you’re asked to do that, and you could. Your body could physically take the punishment.

“At a certain point, it needs to be more of the John Elway [late-career situation] where you make those plays and the team depends on your football acumen to come through and your knowledge and getting to the correct play and making the big throw. But to carry you for four quarters on the road with a football team around you that’s not quite at the level of the other team, that’s much harder to do the older you get.

“So to me it just comes down to their team, if they’re able to give him more time. I don’t think he was protected as well this season . . . I think he can easily still go in and perform at a high level.”

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