Peyton Manning is officially a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
The former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback spent the entirety of his career in the AFC — leading to many battles against the New England Patriots. Manning and Tom Brady squared off 17 times and 11 of those games were won by the Patriots.
But, playing against Manning was never easy and he still collected two Super Bowl rings in his career — along with a laundry list of accolades. Bill Belichick reiterated that sentiment while speaking with The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin.
“He is definitely the best quarterback I’ve coached against,” Belichick said. “There have been quarterbacks who called their own plays, but it was nowhere near the same as what he did. He basically called every play by adjusting and/or changing the play once he saw what the defense was doing. He excelled at using the cadence and recognizing blitzes, and more than any one single offensive player, he forced us to change and adapt defensive game plans.”
Brady also has his fair share of respect for Manning, as he was present at the Hall of Fame this past weekend in support of his former adversary. Manning mentioned Brady during his speech and found the perfect moment to troll him.
Another classic Manning-Brady moment.@TomBrady
: #PFHOF21 Enshrinement on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/r03kVcEBhw
— NFL (@NFL) August 9, 2021
There’s clearly a huge amount of respect between these three legendary figures.
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