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Tom Brady shows respect to Drew Brees ahead of playoff matchup

/ by Justin Leger
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Tom Brady and Drew Brees have competed against one another for more than 20 years, and they've built a close relationship over that span.

The two future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks will face off once again Sunday in the NFC Divisional Round. Given their ages, Brady (43 years old) and Brees (42 on Friday) couldn't help but joke about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New Orleans Saints matchup being televised on the History Channel.

Like Brady, Brees is one of the few QBs who have been able to sustain excellence into their 40s. On Wednesday, Brady described the mutual respect between them.

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"He’s a lot younger than me – he’s 18 months younger than me. 18 months ago, I felt pretty good, so I’ve got a little advanced age on him – and experience," Brady joked. "I’m hanging in there. He’s had a terrific year. He’s a great player – I’ve known him for a long time. I’ve always had a great amount of respect for him going all the way back to his Purdue days.

"My roommate when I first got to the Patriots was from Purdue and was really good friends with Drew. I always just kept up with him and have gotten to know him somewhat well over the years. I just think so much of him as a person and as a player. I know what it takes to do what he’s doing [and] he knows what it takes to do what I’m doing. I think there’s just a lot of mutual respect.”

 

Brees' Saints got the better of Brady's Bucs in both regular-season matchups, with the second meeting resulting in a 38-3 blowout. Will the third time be the charm for Tampa Bay? We'll find out on Sunday night.

Kickoff for the Bucs-Saints NFC Divisional Round matchup is set for 6:40 p.m. ET.