Beyond Rivals – Peyton Manning Humbled by Presence of Tom Brady at His Hall of Fame Induction

Published 08/07/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


Tom Brady and Peyton Manning shared one of the greatest rivalries ever seen in the NFL. The two all-time greats crossed paths multiple times throughout their career which made some jaw-dropping gridiron classics.

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Be it the incredible comeback by Manning in the AFC Championship game back in 2006, or the Patriots’ thrilling overtime win in 2013, match ups between the two quarterback always made for special occasions.

Like everything in life, this rivalry on the field too came to an end when Peyton Manning decided to hang up his boots after winning Super Bowl 50. But despite their on-field tussles, the two shared a mutual admiration for each others drive to succeed.

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Off the field, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning now share a close relationship. Be it golfing or just taking part in some healthy banter, the two are an example of what good sportsmanship looks like.

So with Peyton Manning now being inducted to the Hall of Fame, Tom Brady decided that it was only right to be there at Canton, Ohio to celebrate Manning’s finest moment.

Gesture by Tom Brady appreciated by Peyton Manning

When record five-time MVP Peyton Manning is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, Brady will be there in attendance to extend his support.

Deciding to travel there on his day off from practice, the quarterback will be accompanied by Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians who was also Manning’s first quarterback coach back in Indy.

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And what should make Brady’s presence more interesting is the fact that he will be seated at Manning’s section. A section which will be full of Indianapolis Colts players who he faced off countless times in the past.

During Fox’s broadcast of the NFL Hall of Fame game between the Steelers and the Cowboys, Manning was asked about his Hall of Fame induction. With family, friends, and former teammates set to be in attendance, the quarterback also took the time to acknowledge the presence of Tom Brady.

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“Got some old rivals,” Manning said. Tom Brady is coming in, sitting in my section. I’m not sure how my Colts teammates will handle that. But that means a lot that he’s taking the time.”

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Manning will receive the NFL’s highest honor on Sunday as part of the 2021 Hall of Fame class. One can watch the NFL Network’s coverage of the event starting from 6 pm ET.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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