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Plaxico Burress: I’ll take Eli over Big Ben with game on the line

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Plax also takes Antonio Brown over Odell Beckham

NFC Championship: New York Giants v Green Bay Packers
Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress after the 2008 NFC Championship Game.
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Plaxico Burress, who has played with both Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, told ESPN First Take on Friday that he would take the New York Giants’ quarterback over the Pittsburgh Steelers’ signal-caller at crunch-time.

“I love both of these guys,” Burress said. “They’re great quarterbacks, two future Hall of Famers and I’ve done it with Eli on that stage, so I know what he’s capable of doing. And also Ben Roethlisberger, but I’m going to go with No. 10 because I know he’s going to put it up there in a nice spot for me to go up there and get it. And he’s going to give me that wink, or that signal, or he’s going to grab his facemask, or pat his thigh, or pat the side of his helmet and give me the signal for the best route for me to get open.”

That’s probably not a surprise since Burress won a Super Bowl with, a caught a title-winning pass from, Manning.

On the flip side, Burress chose Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown over New York’s Odell Beckham Jr. Again, this seems largely based on which guy he has more familiarity with.

“I had a great opportunity of playing with Antonio Brown my last years in Pittsburgh, 2012 and 2013, and just to get to practice and watch the way that this guy works, and when you see the results on Sunday, you know where they come from because you witnessed it firsthand,” Burress said. “So, I’m just not going to jump out on a limb and say Odell Beckham Jr. is a better talent, I’m just going to go with what I see and what I know personally. What I saw with my own eyes being there two years and watching what he does every Sunday, I’m going to go with the consistency because I know what I’m going to get every Sunday from Antonio Brown.”