That being said Eli is out of his cot-damn mind with these "I'm in the same class as Tom Brady" quotes. Motherfucker, I saw your stats side by side with Brady's today on TV and I laughed out loud. You're not that. You know it. I know it. Everybody knows it.
My guess is he said it because that was his best guess at what a big macho leader quarterback should say. But he is not a big macho leader quarterback. He's Eli. Pretty good pro QB. Beat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. Surprisinigly clutch on occasion. And hates playing football. That's all there is to it.
This Michael Lewis article from the Times in 2004 is a great look into Eli's strange psyche when he just came out of school. A must read for Giants fans.