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Eli Manning: Tony Romo ceding starting job to Dak Prescott ‘a classy move’


Eli Manning expressed sympathy and admiration for Tony Romo in light of the news that the Dallas Cowboys will roll with rookie Dak Prescott, especially over how the veteran signal-caller has conducted himself in recent days.

“You always feel for guys that are injured,” Manning said of his longtime NFC East rival, via “To lose your spot because of injury is tough. I feel for him. I know Tony will do the right things and he’ll be ready to play.”

While word surfaced later Thursday that Romo asked for a chance to win the Cowboys starting job back before relinquishing it to Prescott, Manning praised Romo for the class exhibited in his emotional press conference on Tuesday.

“I didn’t see the press conference, but I heard about it,” Manning said. “I thought it was a classy move by Tony. Good thing to try and end the talk and the speculation. Just go ahead and clear things out. I’ve always had a lot of respect for Tony, but I thought it was a good move by him.”

Manning noted that Romo probably recognizes the difficult decision the Cowboys faced with the team rolling to an 8-1 record with Prescott.

“He sees the situation,” Manning said. “You have a young quarterback and Dak is playing great football. They’re winning games. I guess he knows that you just don’t mess with that.”

Manning hasn’t had to face such circumstances with the Giants as he’s remained remarkably healthy during his career, having never missed a start in his 13-year NFL career.

Still, Manning probably understands what happened to Romo could one day happen to him, too … but he wouldn’t like it.

“I don’t want to lose my spot,” Manning said with a laugh.