Two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback has had his say on Tom Brady’s recent change of team in an interview on SportsCenter. The former Colts quarterback, and arguably one of the top-five quarterbacks of all-time, was a long-time foe of Brady, meeting 17 times, with 5 playoff showdowns.
“That was interesting,” Peyton Manning said Sunday on SportsCenter. “I’ve talked to Tom at different times, but never really about that actual decision. He seems happy, he seems excited.
“I’m a little surprised he jumped over to the NFC. I always see Tom Brady as an AFC guy, so he’s going to have to go through initiation to learn the ropes of the NFC.”
Peyton Manning surprised by Brady move
“They got a great team around him, it sounds like. Bruce Arians was my quarterbacks coach in that rookie season and my first few years in the NFL. Tom Moore, my offensive coordinator, is down there, Clyde Christensen.
“So, Tom is going down there to get coached by some guys who I’m very familiar with, guys that know football, that love football. Everybody knows how hard he’s going to work.”
“He’s got a tough division,” Manning added. “I don’t think the Saints and the Falcons and the Panthers are going to just let the Buccs kind of roll into town, so it should make for some interesting divisional games and matchups.
“And like everybody, everybody can’t wait for football to be back and hopefully be on time. That will tell us that things are more back to normal, when football comes back, and that’s what we’re all looking forward is getting back to some type of normalcy.”
While Brady and Manning are good friends off the field, their competitiveness still continues. They often play golf together, which Manning usually wins, and before the pandemic, they would often meet up during the offseason.
Brady will now be looking to match Peyton Manning by winning Super Bowls with two separate teams.