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Brady: “It sucks” not seeing Manning out there

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Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will ultimately be remembered as the two players who defined their NFL era.

While Patriots and Colts fans and front offices may hate each other, the league’s best two quarterbacks over the last decade have always enjoyed more of a friendly rivalry.  When Brady heard Manning was likely out this weekend, he simply didn’t believe it.

“He’ll play,” Brady said early in the week via Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

When it became clear Manning would not play this Sunday or any other in the near future, Brady empathized.

“He’s such a competitor,” Brady told Karen Guregian of the Herald.  “He’s such a tough guy. It sucks not seeing him out there. Hopefully he gets well soon. He’s a huge reason for why the NFL, why people follow it so closely. I think we as competitors, whenever you play great teams, you always want to play them with their best players. He’s been a great one for a long time.”

Brady knows what it’s like to miss essentially an entire NFL season.  The words “career-threatening injury” were once casually used when Brady had post-ACL surgery infection problems.  He has since won his second league MVP award.

The Patriots and Colts play for the ninth straight year in 2011, but it’s later than usual: Week 13.

At this early stage in Manning’s recovery, it would still be a surprise if we saw Brady and Manning face off this season.

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57 Responses to “Brady: “It sucks” not seeing Manning out there”
  1. omegaichiban says: Sep 10, 2011 6:18 PM

    The NFL will survive. Peyton is one of the greatest
    regular season QB’s ever and won a Superbowl. The Colts made their bed by having their offense depend on him running it and now we will see the results. It’s not the end of the world because Peyton has to sit.

  2. birdsnooper2 says: Sep 10, 2011 6:20 PM

    So true.

    This is what makes football great: great rivals and great athletes.

    Vikes and Pack, Steelers and Ravens, Pats and Jets.

    Hate your rival, but love them, too.

  3. ctiggs says: Sep 10, 2011 6:20 PM

    peyton hurt his neck staring at bradys hair

  4. backindasaddle says: Sep 10, 2011 6:23 PM

    Patriots and Colts fans definitely don’t hate each other. The rivalry between the two teams has been absolutely awesome with little or no nastiness (although there was a lot of resentment about Bill Napolian controlling the competition committee and twisting the defensive rules to benefit the Colts style of play).

    But in general and overall, I think most Pats and Colts fans would consider the rivalry between the teams great.

    It’s the Jets we hate.

  5. flavordave says: Sep 10, 2011 6:24 PM

    I agree. There is nothing better then January playoff football and two stud QBs to watch. Im a fan of neither team and I never missed their matchups. Its part of what makes the game so great.

  6. rectumnearlykilledem says: Sep 10, 2011 6:27 PM

    In a related story, most Jet season ticket holders say “It sucks seeing Sanchez out there”.

  7. paulsdamnblog says: Sep 10, 2011 6:28 PM

    Lots of respect between the 2. I’d love to see another great run from Manning in the future. Unfortunatelty though, it looks like his career is winding down.

  8. obamasballsack says: Sep 10, 2011 6:33 PM

    NFL QB: I was sent by God.

    Tom Brady: I didn’t send anybody.

  9. blackcatnfl says: Sep 10, 2011 6:36 PM

    This is all just a scam to win the coveted “comeback player of the year” award.

  10. keramidas21 says: Sep 10, 2011 6:40 PM

    birdsnooper2 says: Sep 10, 2011 6:20 PM

    So true.

    This is what makes football great: great rivals and great athletes.

    Vikes and Pack, Steelers and Ravens, Pats and Jets.

    Hate your rival, but love them, too.
    ———————————-

    Seriously??? Vikes and Pack??? There is a much bigger rivalry within the NFC North. Packers and Bears. That is arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports.

  11. sschmiggles says: Sep 10, 2011 6:40 PM

    He and Brady probably share the best QB rivalry of all time. How many hall of fame QBs have played each other more than Brady and Manning?

    The league isn’t the same without him behind center.

  12. dienavinjohnson says: Sep 10, 2011 6:41 PM

    I am a diehard Patriots fan. But I wish Peyton Manning a swift and full recovery (although I fear that may not happen.) Without the Colts, the Patriots don’t win 3 Super Bowls. Without the Patriots, the Colts don’t win 1 and go to another. The two rivals make each other better.

    Best wishes Peyton. And hang in there Colts fans. The same thing happened to us in 2001 and that turned out okay. You guys will probably end up getting Luck(y) in the draft next year.

  13. jetsarestacked says: Sep 10, 2011 6:47 PM

    Peyton being out sucks. I had him on my fantasy squad. Also, jets/dolphins is the one true rivalry in the afc east. Way more history and overall animosity. Jets/pats is getting there though.

  14. marshmont says: Sep 10, 2011 6:47 PM

    i’m personally glad manning is out. i hope he is done. he has been a machine long enough. good riddins.

  15. tsutton84 says: Sep 10, 2011 7:02 PM

    This sucks.

    If Brady keeps saying things like this, I may actually begin thinking he’s human.

  16. scott8nj says: Sep 10, 2011 7:07 PM

    It is definitely a shame that Manning will miss time. It’s an even greater shame that this injury could shorten or end his career. I hate to see anyone hurt and I would love to watch him play again, but I hope he can at least recover enough to live pain free after football. He is an all time great and a class act.

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 10, 2011 7:08 PM

    Mr. Political Correct himself speaks, the world bends over backwards to listen.

  18. tampajoey says: Sep 10, 2011 7:17 PM

    Tom Brady is awesome.

    And Go Blue beat Notre Dame!

  19. luckynumberlucas says: Sep 10, 2011 7:28 PM

    I play football myself and if you are a true football player, you always respect greatness and your opponent, no matter how often you win or lost against them.

    Play hard, play fierce, hurt them, but don’t injure them and most importantly respect them.

    Any good coach will teach you that.

    Manning and Brady, two of the best QBs of all time and one of the two best rivalries of the 2000s, unfortunately that rivalry may have come to an end.

    If that’s the case, thank you Peyton for many great games and battles, if not, see you next year!

  20. trollaikman8 says: Sep 10, 2011 7:42 PM

    It sucks even more to see Peyton in Best Buy/Sony/CitiBank/7-11/PlannedParenthood commercials.

  21. richm2256 says: Sep 10, 2011 8:01 PM

    I don’t recall Manning saying the same about Brady three years ago …..

  22. nepatriots128154 says: Sep 10, 2011 8:04 PM

    @keramidas21 Packers-Bears best rivalry in all of sports are you high?

  23. unbreakable02215 says: Sep 10, 2011 8:14 PM

    Reminds me of Bird vs Magic

  24. scudbot says: Sep 10, 2011 8:26 PM

    I’ve always been able to look past Brady’s plastic metrosexual PC obfuscation because of his accomplishments and Belichick’s keep ‘em in the dark philosophy. But I’ve about had it with him.

  25. chrishousand says: Sep 10, 2011 8:41 PM

    Brady= overrated systematic qb. i.e.: see Matt Cassel.

  26. 3octaveFart says: Sep 10, 2011 8:45 PM

    Yea right, and he’d welcome Randy Moss back too.
    Just another cheap points PR move by Pretty Boy.

  27. abninf says: Sep 10, 2011 9:00 PM

    obamasballsack says:
    NFL QB: I was sent by God.

    Tom Brady: I didn’t send anybody
    —————————————————

    An NFL God wouldn’t go undefeated end then lose the Superbowl to Eli the drooler.

  28. bostonbornandbred says: Sep 10, 2011 9:59 PM

    You see that steelers fans? That’s called CLASS… Unlike you jerkoffs who promoted Bernard pollard tees after he tore bradys knee up… I wish it was roethlisberger and mendenhall who had this neck injury after that scum Hines ward hit them with his car while driving drunk… Get well soon Peyton. And go to hell Pittsburgh

  29. vincentbojackson says: Sep 10, 2011 10:04 PM

    We will finally get to see who is more important to their team.

    When Brady went out the Pats didn’t miss a beat.

  30. okiny says: Sep 10, 2011 10:16 PM

    keramidas21 says:

    Seriously??? Vikes and Pack??? There is a much bigger rivalry within the NFC North. Packers and Bears. That is arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports.

    ————–

    Packers and Bears is not even the biggest rivalry in all of football, how can it arguably be the biggest rivalry in all of sports?

  31. rectumnearlykilledem says: Sep 10, 2011 10:22 PM

    vincentbojackson says:
    Sep 10, 2011 10:04 PM
    We will finally get to see who is more important to their team.

    “Pats didn’t miss a beat?” Sorry son, you gotta watch the games sometime. The Patriots were coming off an undefeated regular season with a great overall team. They also had the easiest regular season schedule of any division winner in the NFL that year. And the guy who replaced Brady was a legit NFL QB (Cassel took his new team, the Chiefs to the playoffs last year) who had been in the system for years. All that and they still lost six more games than with Brady and they still didn’t make the playoffs. You call that “Not missing a beat”. C’mon kiddo, you look foolish.

    If the Colts had a backup as good Cassel (about an average NFL QB – talent wise) and had Belichick as their coach, they’d definitely still challenge for the AFC South and probably win it.

  32. birdsnooper2 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:24 PM

    “Seriously??? Vikes and Pack??? There is a much bigger rivalry within the NFC North. Packers and Bears. That is arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports.”

    Ask the Packer fans, but I think they hate Minnesota more. Remember “Moss-moon” game at Lambeau? The Favre game in Minnesota a couple of years ago? That game was electric. Bears haven’t been interesting since ’85–but still one of the best teams ever. Since then, not so much…

    Best rivalry in all of sports? C’mon, man!

  33. mmmpierogi says: Sep 10, 2011 10:24 PM

    bostonbornandbred says: Sep 10, 2011 9:59 PM

    You see that steelers fans? That’s called CLASS… Unlike you jerkoffs who promoted Bernard pollard tees after he tore bradys knee up… I wish it was roethlisberger and mendenhall who had this neck injury after that scum Hines ward hit them with his car while driving drunk… Get well soon Peyton. And go to hell Pittsburgh

    **************************************

    Yeah, moron – cause every Steelers fan cares that much about Tom Brady. Chill out with the generalizations. What the hell do the Steelers even have to do with this conversation?

    And while we’re on the topic of “class” – wishing neck injuries on people (on people whom you’ve never met, nonetheless) after getting by cars? Good job, bro. You sound like a great person.

  34. bozosforall says: Sep 10, 2011 10:25 PM

    @bostonbornandbraindead

    CLASS???

    You wouldn’t know class if it came up and bit you in the asz.

    Any fan who wishes injury on any player (like you just did on Ben) doesn’t deserve any respect whatsoever. Crawl back under your rock, slime bag.

  35. gimmeabruschi says: Sep 10, 2011 10:30 PM

    vincentbojackson says: Sep 10, 2011 10:04 PM

    We will finally get to see who is more important to their team.

    When Brady went out the Pats didn’t miss a beat.

    ________________________________

    When Brady went out the Pats didn’t win the division or make the playoffs. The Dolphins who were 1-15 the previous season did.

  36. flash1283 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:35 PM

    chrishousand says:
    Sep 10, 2011 8:41 PM
    Brady= overrated systematic qb. i.e.: see Matt Cassel.
    ——
    So then by that dumbass logic Joe Montana must = an overrated systematic QB. I.e : see Steve Young.

    Moron!!!

  37. ninjapleazee says: Sep 10, 2011 10:36 PM

    did I just read a “great rivalry” as Vikes n Packs? You mean.. Bears vs Packs…. Vikes vs Favre’s retirement

  38. timothybraun says: Sep 10, 2011 11:09 PM

    This is like Bird and Magic. Which is great.

  39. scudbot says: Sep 10, 2011 11:15 PM

    Come on, people. Nobody knows who Brady is (aside from being a highly accomplished QB) because all you get from him is socially desirable responses. Nice, non-threatening, vanilla.

  40. billsfan1 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:21 PM

    i feel like many of these hate Tom Brady comments are from Jets fans, ya know- the fans who are dillusional in thinking Joe Namath was really a HOF qb. FYI only 2 times did he throw more tds then ints….

    as far as rivalries go Brady vs Manning might be the best for qbs (at least in the past 30 or so years) although as a Bills fan, kelly vs Marino was fun as hell.

    Brady throws out a class act comment and some of you criticize him? idk maybe because my team sucks and is waiting for the owner to die to make a move, i have learned to become impartial to the other teams.. you should try it, there is more to the NFL then every little thing your team does.

  41. iamdanabnormal says: Sep 10, 2011 11:49 PM

    pats-jets over chiefs-raiders? the nfc east teams? the nfc north teams?

  42. TheWizard says: Sep 11, 2011 12:00 AM

    peyton hurt his neck staring at bradys hair

    you guys with the hair posts in every Brady thread, are you craving something?

    something you’re……….afraid to talk about?

    Really?

  43. kisstherings says: Sep 11, 2011 12:29 AM

    vincentbojackson says:Sep 10, 2011 10:04 PM

    We will finally get to see who is more important to their team.

    When Brady went out the Pats didn’t miss a beat.
    ———————————————————

    They didn’t miss a beat? It was the only season since 2002 that they didn’t make the playoffs you moron.

  44. polishkingski says: Sep 11, 2011 12:37 AM

    did not read any posts for this but i did not want too….its really fxxking sad 18 is not gonna be out there. i am not gonna say its close but sadly i can mark stages in my life with things like this. family is close but we all (wife and kids) follow the nfl. am i a football addict? GO BILLS GO BILLS GO BILLS GO BILLS GO BILLS….

  45. descendency says: Sep 11, 2011 1:00 AM

    if you watched the patriots on a weekly basis (you’re also probably a fan and therefore biased…), you’d know Matt Cassel’s 11-5 was deceptive.

    The Patriots were 18-1 the year before and indestructible practically. The 11-5 year had them looking far more beatable.

    2007 Patriots (with brady) > 2009 Patriots (with brady) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 2008 Patriots (without Brady)

  46. dan5023 says: Sep 11, 2011 1:06 AM

    I live and die by the Pats and Brady but it really does suck to see Peyton miss time like this. A truly legendary and amazing rivalry those two have produced. I know I certainly circled that game every year and watched every split second.

  47. philtration says: Sep 11, 2011 1:59 AM

    He is right.
    I never understood why people bitch and criticize about Manning.
    One of the greatest players of all time and so many of today’s fans do not even see it right in front of their faces.
    Don’t you get it?

    Michael Vick is just a pimple on Peyton Manning’s ass.

  48. philtration says: Sep 11, 2011 2:05 AM

    As a life long Bears fan I hate the Packers with a passion but I respect them and what they have done.
    The same goes for the Cowboys, Redskins and Giants.
    Can’t stand them but I do know their place in NFL history.

  49. fearadmiral says: Sep 11, 2011 2:30 AM

    chrishousand says: Sep 10, 2011 8:41 PM

    Brady= overrated systematic qb. i.e.: see Matt Cassel.

    —————————————————————You’re right douche-bag. Cassel is capable of throwing 50 TD in a season. Any QB could in a “system.” Idiot.

  50. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 11, 2011 2:58 AM

    vincentbojackson says: Sep 10, 2011 10:04 PM

    We will finally get to see who is more important to their team.

    When Brady went out the Pats didn’t miss a beat.

    ————-

    TRUTH.

  51. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 11, 2011 2:58 AM

    chrishousand says: Sep 10, 2011 8:41 PM

    Brady= overrated systematic qb. i.e.: see Matt Cassel.
    ————–

    TRUTH.

  52. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 11, 2011 5:16 AM

    keramidas21 says:Sep 10, 2011 6:40 PM

    Packers and Bears. That is arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports.

    ——————————

    Perhaps in the fantasy world where you live…

    Every other place on the planet – no f’ing way…

  53. CKL says: Sep 11, 2011 8:49 AM

    richm2256 says: Sep 10, 2011 8:01 PM

    I don’t recall Manning saying the same about Brady three years ago …..
    _________________________________________
    A far as I know he didn’t. He’s never been as complimentary of TB as TB has ALWAYS been of him. That’s how insecure people like PM roll. Can’t see another who does their same job CURRENTLY as great because they think it minimizes them.
    TB’s always shown nothing but respect for PM so all you people trash talking him are showing your jealousy/irrational hatred as well. Good for you. We know exactly what you are.

  54. deenice810 says: Sep 11, 2011 9:01 AM

    I know he’s a great QB and a future hall of fame player, but there is a something about this guy that’s very annoying. I love it when the Pats lose. It’s almost as fun as when the Cowgirls choke in every big game. Go Dolphins! Go Jets!

  55. soxpatsceltsbs says: Sep 11, 2011 9:27 AM

    Packers/bears greatest sports rival of all time………NOT!!! Greatest sports rival of all time Red Sox / Yankees

  56. robsterny says: Sep 11, 2011 9:31 AM

    Yankees-Red Sox…The BEST rivalry in sports.
    LOL..We all know how that usually turns out!!

    GOT RINGS??

  57. backindasaddle says: Sep 11, 2011 2:51 PM

    “If the Colts had a backup as good Cassel (about an average NFL QB – talent wise) and had Belichick as their coach, they’d definitely still challenge for the AFC South and probably win it.”
    **********************************************************************

    But they don’t…..they don’t…….and they won’t.

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