Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were archrivals on the gridiron for nearly two decades, but that rivalry always was met with respect and admiration for one another's accomplishments.
When Manning is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Brady will be in Canton, Ohio, to show his support. The former New England Patriots quarterback not only will be in attendance, but he'll also be sitting in Manning's section.
Manning spoke about Brady attending the ceremony during Thursday's FOX broadcast of the Hall of Fame Game.
“Got some old rivals,” Manning said. “Tom Brady is coming in, sitting in my section. I’m not sure how my Colts teammates will handle that. But that means a lot that he’s taking the time.”
It's a safe bet Manning will mention Brady at some point in his acceptance speech. After all, the two continue to trade friendly barbs to this day.
Brady is 11-6 in 17 total matchups against Manning, 9-3 in the regular season and 2-3 in the playoffs. Their final showdown came on Jan. 24, 2016, in the AFC Championship Game when Manning led the Broncos to a 20-18 win over the Patriots.
As Manning gets enshrined, Brady prepares for his 22nd NFL season at age 44. It's only a matter of time until Brady has a Hall of Fame ceremony of his own, but for now the seven-time Super Bowl champion is focused on bringing another title to Tampa Bay.