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Tom Brady recalls meeting Peyton Manning

It’s Colts vs. Patriots week in the NFL, which means we’ll see plenty of stories about Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

Today Brady got some laughs when he addressed reporters and told the story of the first time he met Manning, which happened to be the day Brady first started in place of the injured Drew Bledsoe. Brady wasn’t a particularly well known player at the time, while Manning was already a two-time Pro Bowler, so Brady thought it was sort of unnecessary for Manning to tell him his name.

“My first start came against the Colts,” Brady said. “And Peyton came over on our
field and said, ‘Hey, Peyton Manning.’ And I said, ‘no shit.””

Since that first meeting, Brady said, he’s come to admire Manning as both a person and a quarterback.

“I’m always keeping up on Peyton,” Brady said. “We talk from time to time and I have a lot of respect for him as a player, for the role model he is, the way he carries himself, the way he leads his team, the way he’s a representative for the league.”

Manning also told reporters he respects Brady, especially the way he’s playing this year after last season’s knee injury.

“You can’t tell that he missed last year with major knee surgery,” Manning said of Brady, as seen on NFL Network’s Around the League. “He picked right up where he left off the year before.”

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  1. JoeSixPack says: Nov 11, 2009 6:54 PM

    I’m a die hard Patriots fan but Manning won me over with his SNL spoof of himself helping the United Way
    http://www.hulu.com/watch/1603/saturday-night-live-united-way
    The debate over who is better is silly… Brady and Manning are #1a and #1b… people can debate who has the slight edge (and that would be Brady given the number of SB rings IMO) but they’re both among the best to ever play the game

  2. Sally2Toes says: Nov 11, 2009 7:02 PM

    i wouldn’t say brady picked up right where he left off

  3. blackglass says: Nov 11, 2009 7:07 PM

    *waiting to see how all the haters spin this into “Tom Brady is a smug asshole and Peyton Manning is a good ol’ boy”*

  4. oldschool says: Nov 11, 2009 7:08 PM

    “My first start came against the Colts,” Brady said. “And Peyton came over on our field and said, ‘Hey, Peyton Manning.’ And I said, ‘no shit, I could tell it was you cause your jersey said Manning on the back and you also have an unusually big cranium.”

  5. rusH1023 says: Nov 11, 2009 7:16 PM

    Good observation, Sally.
    Should be, ‘Brady picked [strong] right [/strong] up where he left off’.
    Thanks for pointing that out.

  6. DieHardSouthFloridaSportsFan says: Nov 11, 2009 7:19 PM

    Wow are you serious? Peyton is by far the better of the two, Matt Cassel could win in New England.

  7. JoeSixPack says: Nov 11, 2009 7:21 PM

    Gotta love Manning’s quote from the United Way PSA
    “Now I’ll kill a snitch… I’m not saying I have… I’m not saying I haven’t… you know what I mean.”
    Eric Mangini better watch out.

  8. DieHardSouthFloridaSportsFan says: Nov 11, 2009 7:23 PM

    Tell me who is not a pats fan, buch of bandwagoneers. where were all the pats fans in the early 90’s?

  9. Citizen Strange says: Nov 11, 2009 7:30 PM

    “My first start came against the Colts,” Brady said. “And Peyton came over on our field and said, ‘Hey, Peyton Manning. Now go home and get your shine box!’

  10. ocgunslinger says: Nov 11, 2009 7:46 PM

    Two class acts beyond a doubt. You could not go wrong with either of them as a player or mentor.
    As JoeSixPack and Blackglass have said it all I will simply agree with them both.

  11. davidc45629 says: Nov 11, 2009 7:47 PM

    One of the SNL actors said Manning came up with the Port-a-potty scene on the fly. It wasn’t in the script.

  12. Furious George says: Nov 11, 2009 7:58 PM

    # DieHardSouthFloridaSportsFan says: November 11, 2009 7:23 PM
    Tell me who is not a pats fan, buch of bandwagoneers. where were all the pats fans in the early 90’s?
    ————-
    Gillette has been sold out every single game since day 1.
    there have been plenty of fans since they went to a SB in the 80’s 90’s and current. get it now?

  13. Occam says: Nov 11, 2009 8:04 PM

    Who wouldn’t remember meeting Peyton Manning. Quarterback. 6 foot 4. Laser…rocket arm.

  14. comment_submission_error says: Nov 11, 2009 8:11 PM

    # ocgunslinger says: November 11, 2009 7:46 PM
    Two class acts beyond a doubt. You could not go wrong with either of them as a player or mentor.
    I wouldn’t want Brady mentoring my little sister.

  15. AmishGangsta says: Nov 11, 2009 8:15 PM

    Gotta love it. Two legendary warriors who respect the heck out of each other.
    I gotta confess-I love Tom Brady. And I’m a die-hard, life long Colts fan. The guy is the ultimate winner.
    Its a shame he’ll always be associated with Belicheat and the most pathetic fan base in the nation, the city of Boston.

  16. blackglass says: Nov 11, 2009 8:25 PM

    Why is that, comment submission error? Is it because Bray was accused of forcefully teabagging a woman at UT? No, wait, that was Hero Peyton. You look like a real idiot with a gem of a comment like that.

  17. PervyHarvin says: Nov 11, 2009 8:34 PM

    Two good qb’s for sure. Respect them both . As far as character and legendary status and toughness though, neither will ever match Brett Favre.

  18. Ralphie says: Nov 11, 2009 8:41 PM

    “And Peyton came over on our field and said, ‘Hey, Herman Munster.’ And I said, ‘you got a forehead like a drive in movie.”

  19. hayward giablommi says: Nov 11, 2009 8:41 PM

    “My first start came against the Colts,” Brady said. “And Peyton came over on our field and said, ‘Hey, Peyton Manning. Now go home and get your shine box!’
    ^^^^^^^^^
    Really? I seem to recall the Patriots humiliating the Colts that day 44-13, Peyton throwing 3 Int’s, two of which went back for TD’s. In fact, Brady beat the Colts the first six times he faced them, two of which were in the playoffs.
    Shine box, indeed.

  20. Richm2256 says: Nov 11, 2009 8:51 PM

    “Its a shame he’ll always be associated with Belicheat and the most pathetic fan base in the nation, the city of Boston”
    Spoken like a true, classy Colts fan.
    Believe it or not, most Patriots fans here have the greatest respect for Manning and the Colts. We even have nothing bad to say about their fans, no matter how big a peckerhead they may be.

  21. hayward giablommi says: Nov 11, 2009 8:52 PM

    “Gotta love it. Two legendary warriors who respect the heck out of each other.”
    ^^^^^^
    Amen, couldn’t have said it better myself.
    “I gotta confess-I love Tom Brady. And I’m a die-hard, life long Colts fan. The guy is the ultimate winner.”
    ^^^^^^
    I’d still rather have Brady on my team, but I have nothing but respect for Manning. Guy has carried that team for over a decade.
    Its a shame he’ll always be associated with “Belicheat and the most pathetic fan base in the nation, the city of Boston.”
    ^^^^^^
    It’s a shame that the Colts ran into such a roadblock this decade in the Patriots. You mighta had 2 more rings if the road to the Super Bowl hadn’t gone through Foxboro in ’03 and ’04.
    It’s even more of a shame that you jealous, lame, self righteous Colts “fans” will jump ship once Manning eventually moves on. A fan base as lame as yours was very lucky to have Manning for the last decade, otherwise we all know that Lucas Oil Stadium never gets built, Indy continues to draw 40,000/game, like in 1997 before Manning came along , and the Pats would be facing the L.A. Colts the is weekend.
    Say what you want about New England and its fanbase, but our franchise somehow managed survived three disastrous changes in ownership in about six years, and its fanbase was established long before Brady came along, and will continue long after Brady hangs it up. Sorry.

  22. bian8 says: Nov 11, 2009 8:57 PM

    Erroneous! Erroneous on both accounts blackglass

  23. Dawn says: Nov 11, 2009 9:00 PM

    “And Peyton came over on our field and said, ‘Hey, Peyton Manning.’
    And I said, “I’d recognize that massive forehead anywhere.””

  24. Paul_R. says: Nov 11, 2009 9:14 PM

    The Patriots/Colts rivalry of this decade is similar to the Celtics/Lakers rivalry of the 80’s that revived the NBA. Brady and Manning are the Bird and Magic of the NFL. Ultra-competitive and able.
    And, like Bird and Magic, Brady and Manning are actually friends. I know they relish the chance to compete against each other, but they also understand how great a player the other is.
    I always looked forward to the NBA Finals, when the music would start and I’d crank it up through the stereo, and you just knew that it would be a great battle.
    Now we look forward to the classic battle that these two wage and we know, no matter what happens, we’ve witnessed the best the NFL has to offer. This is what makes the NFL great and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

  25. ampats says: Nov 11, 2009 9:18 PM

    Diehardsouthfloridasportsfan,
    Unique screen name since there are not alot of you. Talk about an apathethic fan base,
    how empty seats have there been over the years at Joe Robbie Stadium?? Yes,now Landshark because need to bring in celebreties to help attract interst in the Dolphins. Don’t embarass yourself comparing Patriot fans to Dolphin “fans”.
    Don’t even begin to think about your Marlins or Heat compared to the Red Sox or Celtics.
    Southfloridasportsfan is an oxymoron same as you!

  26. comment_submission_error says: Nov 11, 2009 9:33 PM

    # blackglass says: November 11, 2009 8:25 PM
    Why is that, comment submission error? Is it because Bray was accused of forcefully teabagging a woman at UT? No, wait, that was Hero Peyton. You look like a real idiot with a gem of a comment like that.
    ///
    Hero Peyton? Seriously? That guy annoys me from the top of his billboard forehead down to the tip of his self-promoting toes. All I’m saying is “Bray” has a better chance of impregnating my little sister. I’m sure you’ve been teabagged many times, and you’re not pregnant. That’s all I’m saying.

  27. shamalamadingdong says: Nov 11, 2009 10:04 PM

    DieHardSouthFloridaSportsFan says:
    November 11, 2009 7:23 PM
    Tell me who is not a pats fan, buch of bandwagoneers. where were all the pats fans in the early 90’s?
    Exactly where you are now my Dolphin friend.

  28. Raiders4TL says: Nov 11, 2009 10:11 PM

    Where is Bernard Pollard when you need him

  29. golongboyee says: Nov 11, 2009 10:12 PM

    Please…..Brady rules Manning………….
    14-3 in the playoffs vs. 7-8…….nuff said.
    Manning is the most over-rated QB in league history

  30. danmateus75 says: Nov 11, 2009 10:46 PM

    I remember the first time i met Beth Stern.

  31. Paul_R. says: Nov 11, 2009 11:11 PM

    golongboyee says: November 11, 2009 10:12 PM
    Manning is the most over-rated QB in league history
    —————————————————
    You’re talking about Eli, right?
    Peyton Manning isn’t over-rated by any means. And, I’m a Patriots fan telling you this.
    Drew Brees is a “great” quarterback, yet he doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring. Peyton Manning does.
    Tom Brady has three Super Bowl rings and none since the end of the 2004-2005 season. He’s still called a “great” quarterback.
    If you’re a Patriots fan, you should know how incredibly difficult it is for a team to make it to the Super Bowl and then win it. If it were that easy, the Patriots should have won at least another two Super Bowls. Don’t take anything away from Peyton Manning. He’s earned his respect. The Colts and Patriots have won more games this decade than any other teams.

  32. IndyWilson says: Nov 11, 2009 11:26 PM

    Golongboyee, I think you meant 14-3*. Forever tainted by a Belicheater.

  33. bian8 says: Nov 11, 2009 11:42 PM

    golongboyee is back! your so right he is so overrated. I mean look at his stats! And only one superbowl? Thats only more than like 90% of QBs to ever play the game!

  34. DanRooney says: Nov 12, 2009 12:20 AM

    Should be a great game. On one hand we have the cheater who got caught red-handed, on the other hand we have the most overrated QB of all time who gets handed awards by the NFL to keep fans interested.

  35. zoostation says: Nov 12, 2009 6:58 AM

    “DieHardSouthFloridaSportsFan says:
    November 11, 2009 7:23 PM”
    You’re obviously a frustrated Fin fan.
    My family has had season tickets since 1971 and I have froze my ass off supporting the team since I was a kid. Were you even alive in 1971 South Florida?
    Dude … I go as far back to the days when your team was relevant.
    Pats AFC Champions at least once 80’s 90’s 2000’s

  36. Iambic says: Nov 12, 2009 8:02 AM

    “Please…..Brady rules Manning………….
    14-3 in the playoffs vs. 7-8…….nuff said.
    Manning is the most over-rated QB in league history”
    OK. Now where’s the diehard Colts fan that’s going to point out that Brady is an average quarterback whose defense carried him through 3 SBs?
    Sheesh. I’ve been on too many of these message boards of late.
    As a diehard football fan (and a Raiders fan-I don’t have much to cheer for right now), I just enjoy watching these two teams play. Both quarterbacks aren’t just great, they’re artists.
    Can’t we all just get along?

  37. mreddie1949 says: Nov 12, 2009 8:15 AM

    Some fans. Real fans remember when the Pats didn’t even have a regular home field to play on. It’s not about winning (although that is nice) or losing. The Patriots (as all teams should be) are a symbol of the love we have for the sport and the feelings we have as sports men and women. Some of the posts I see here are so disrespectful to the game it make me feel sorry for those who post them. Brady and Manning are both great players, and we should all feel lucky to be able to see them in their prime. I was fortunate enough to see such great as Unitas, Starr, Brown, and others of the 50’s, 60’s , and later. Fans didn’t feel it necessary to act the way many do today.
    Love the game and you will be rewarded.

  38. Richm2256 says: Nov 12, 2009 8:57 AM

    Football aside, I have always loved Peyton Manning on SNL, and some very funny commercials. He really does have a great talent for comedy. And who can forget ….
    “Cut that meat!!!!”
    “rock hard abs”
    “laser, rocket arm”

  39. Smush Rodrigez says: Nov 12, 2009 9:42 AM

    They should get a room

  40. eph521 says: Nov 12, 2009 11:24 AM

    I’m just glad Tom and Peyton handle the rivalry the right way, unlike the some of the bozos on this forum. And bozo is a nice way of putting it. Just enjoy the game for goodness sakes, it’s not life and death.

  41. CornFlorio says: Nov 12, 2009 1:28 PM

    golongboyee says:
    November 11, 2009 10:12 PM
    Please…..Brady rules Manning………….
    14-3 in the playoffs vs. 7-8…….nuff said.
    Manning is the most over-rated QB in league history
    _______
    Only Pats fan MORONS like you would fail to realize that the head-to-head matchups reflect more about the vast gulf between the two teams’ defenses than anything else. The Colts D has rarely been good, while for at least the early part of the decade, the Pats D was the heart and soul of the Pats team. In fact, those three Super Bowl wins are a direct testament to the Pats DEFENSE, not Tom Brady. To attempt to take away the credit for those SB wins from the defense and attribute it to Brady only shows disrespect to who really deserves the lion’s share of the credit. After all, having three THREE-POINT wins is proof positive that those three SBs were DEFENSIVE struggles and that the offense on all three of those Pats SB teams were not the reason why those games were won.
    Peyton, on the other hand, has rarely had the luxury of having a defense that could carry his team. Instead, he has had to carry them for the vast majority of his career and consequently the Colts have suffered as a result of being one-dimensional. As usual, Pats fans are too stupid to see otherwise.

  42. footballnut says: Nov 12, 2009 3:34 PM

    DieHardSouthFloridaSportsFan says:
    November 11, 2009 7:23 PM
    Tell me who is not a pats fan, buch of bandwagoneers. where were all the pats fans in the early 90’s?
    —————————————————
    Where we are now…here in NE. Where are you when your Fins lose? Not around that’s for sure.
    And CornFlorio, you’re absolutley correct with two SB’s pure defense, so stop with your cheating BS as the offense didn’t win those for the Pats. Ty Law didn’t steal the defense’s signals to pick off Warner…
    However the SB Carolina was not a Defensive struggle, other than both defenses were struggling to stop the O. Once Harrison and Eugene Wilson were knocked out with injuries, Delhomme looked like, well, Brady. 31-29 for a final in that game.
    Peyton, when he did not have the D had the weapons with a strong run game and receivers. Brady was the opposite, however in 2007 the D in NE was not as strong as Indy’s…but Brady had the weapons…The both of them are all time greats.

  43. RhodyDude says: Nov 12, 2009 3:40 PM

    Hmmm…Manning-Brady, Brady-Manning A long struggle, but Manning has played half of his seasons indoors. That makes a huge difference – no wind, no inclement weather…
    With all of the other things being equal, Brady would have to get the nod.

  44. Shawn says: Nov 12, 2009 4:15 PM

    Both are great. But everyone forgets this….
    Brady couldn’t toss a TD in his first many games. Bledsoe had to finally come in from his injury and get the job done for the Patriots to make it into the playoffs Brady’s first year. He’s been good since, but Cassel won a lot of games for them too..
    How’s Cassel doing now? Look at Sorgi’s stats…Hmmm…
    Manning has more responsibilities than any QB in the history of NFL.
    Manning is hands down an MVP every year despite what his stats are.
    Brady you’re an awesome player, glad to see you’re back and I will enjoy this game Sunday!
    Go Colts!

  45. CornFlorio says: Nov 12, 2009 4:45 PM

    footballnut says:
    November 12, 2009 3:34 PM
    DieHardSouthFloridaSportsFan says:
    November 11, 2009 7:23 PM
    Tell me who is not a pats fan, buch of bandwagoneers. where were all the pats fans in the early 90’s?
    —————————————————
    Where we are now…here in NE. Where are you when your Fins lose? Not around that’s for sure.
    And CornFlorio, you’re absolutley correct with two SB’s pure defense, so stop with your cheating BS as the offense didn’t win those for the Pats. Ty Law didn’t steal the defense’s signals to pick off Warner…
    However the SB Carolina was not a Defensive struggle, other than both defenses were struggling to stop the O. Once Harrison and Eugene Wilson were knocked out with injuries, Delhomme looked like, well, Brady. 31-29 for a final in that game.
    Peyton, when he did not have the D had the weapons with a strong run game and receivers. Brady was the opposite, however in 2007 the D in NE was not as strong as Indy’s…but Brady had the weapons…The both of them are all time greats.
    _______
    Where again did I say anything about cheating? They got caught for that, so no need to even bring that up, since it is common knowledge. LMFAO
    As for the Carolina game, the breaking point for the game was when the stupid Carolina kicker kicked the ball out of bounds after Delhomme had just tied the game, giving the Pats a gift of field position at the 40. The offensive explosion by both teams hardly discounts the fact that it was the DEFENSE that got the Pats there in the first place. If Peyton had that defense he would have had more SB rings than Brady does, versus Brady having better WRs. Just look at what he is doing this year with two rookies getting significant playing time and what he did with Gonzales as a rookie. Brady, on the other hand, had both Moss and Welker and CHOKED in the Super Bowl when the Giants DL crushed his ass all game long. The bottom line is that the Pats defense deserves ALL of the credit for those three SBs, yet Brady is riding on their coattails and getting most of the credit in the eyes of you moronic Pats fans.
    You Pats fans conveniently forget that early in the careers of both QBs, you all had a monstrous chip on your shoulders regarding Peyton being the better QB. Unfortunately, for you all, Peyton STILL IS the better QB and always will be. But then again, you New England/Boston fans are the undisputed biggest whiners on the planet.

  46. CornFlorio says: Nov 12, 2009 4:52 PM

    RhodyDude says:
    November 12, 2009 3:40 PM
    Hmmm…Manning-Brady, Brady-Manning A long struggle, but Manning has played half of his seasons indoors. That makes a huge difference – no wind, no inclement weather…
    With all of the other things being equal, Brady would have to get the nod.
    ________
    Peyton calls all of his own plays while Brady waits for Daddy Belichick to tell him what to do.
    So, with all other things being equal, Manning DOES get the nod.
    Sorry, Ride A Dude, but your New England boyfriend probably knows this as well.

  47. applepsyder says: Nov 13, 2009 3:24 PM

    ok….so probably no one will see this as it’s so far down on list, but Manning has following stats:
    4th in career pass completions and projected to be 2nd behind Favre by 2012; 5th in passing yds and projected 2nd by 2012; 4th in wins and projected 2nd by 2012; 3rd in career TDs and…projected 2nd by 2012- if Favre would just retire at some point in the next decade guess who’ll be on top? ok so stats can be used to lie or used selectively to promote a player- both brady and manning r great-
    source re stats: http://www.indystar.com/manningmeter

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