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Namath is a Manning man

New York Cosmos soccer star Pele, left, and

New York Cosmos soccer star Pele, left, and Jets quarterback Joe Namath have some fun at the Jets training camp at Hofstra University on Aug. 5, 1975. Credit: AP

A week before Super Bowl XLVI, I asked Joe Namath whether a second ring for Eli Manning would stamp him the greatest quarterback in New York history.

“You’re at liberty to say yes,’’ he said.

When I asked again Thursday he equivocated a bit, citing other Giants greats. (Not to mention himself, of course.) In the end, all he would say is he remains a big fan of the man.

“[Wednesday] night Eli might not have been the best quarterback in the history of New York football,’’ Namath said. “But I tell you what: I would take him on my team any time, any day.’’

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