Peyton Manning Can See Tom Brady Playing for a ‘Few More Years’ in Tampa Bay

Published 01/27/2021, 8:09 AM EST
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with his teammates after beating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the NFC Championship title with a convincing win over Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 43-year-old shot-caller was at the center of action, throwing 3 passing touchdowns and interceptions.

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In the end, the Bucs defense did enough to silence the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, and Allen Lazard, as the home team sealed a 26-31 win at Lambeau Field.

It’s safe to say that Brady and the Bucs have defied expectations over the course of the last 5 months. They will now become the first team in NFL history to host a Super Bowl in front of home fans.

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As fans prepare for a thrilling face-off between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, here’s what a certain NFL legend had to say with regards to the former.

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Peyton Manning heaps praise on former competitive rival Tom Brady

Former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos star, Peyton Manning, made an appearance on Good Morning America earlier this week. He was asked to comment on the epic season that his rival-turned-friend Tom Brady is having with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He replied, “Well, Tom has just been the ultimate professional taking care of himself physically mentally and he’s extremely disciplined in his offseason training….

“It’s allowed him to have such great success at this age, but I give him all the credit he has put in the time he has sacrificed. He has formed a bond with his new teammates in a short period of time in a pandemic offseason.

“So he has earned the right to have his team in the Super Bowl in his hometown, Tampa Bay,” Manning said earlier today.

Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks to head coach Bruce Arians before a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Manning backs Brady to return in 2021 regardless of Super Bowl result

The Manning – Brady rivalry is the stuff of legends. Both quarterbacks were at the peak of their game and were involved in multiple high-paced battles over the course of their careers.

But Peyton opted to end his career on a high back in 2015. However, he is of the opinion that Brady can play for a few more seasons before calling time on what’s been a stellar career.

He said, “I don’t think he will, look; that’s what I did after Super Bowl 50. It was the right time for me, George, it’s such an individual decision.

“Nobody can make that decision for you. So I have so much respect for Tom, the battles we had on the field, we formed a friendship off the field as well. Always felt he brought out the best in me and maybe vice versa for him.

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Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

“So I don’t think he will because it’s his first year in Tampa… I could see him doing it for a few more years, no matter what happens on Super Bowl Sunday,” Manning added.

The Buccaneers will face a tough task in Super Bowl LV as they take on defending champions, Kansas City Chiefs. Andy Reid’s boys are in line to defend their title as they aim to build a dynasty of their own in the NFL, similar to what Bill Belichick and Brady did with New England Patriots. It will be interesting to see who wins.

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