ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are the Coke and Pepsi of contemporary quarterbacks, the biggest brand names at their position, names that will always be linked.
They’ve gone head to head 13 times. With nine wins, Brady has an edge that almost seems insurmountable. Manning will point to his eight trips to Foxborough (“I don’t know how that always works,” Manning joked. “I guess it’s always random they say, but it’s been strange how that works out.”) as a reason he has a losing ledger against Brady.
For as much as they will be measured against each other, their mutual respect his incredibly high.
“I think it’s pretty well documented my respect for Tom as a quarterback,” Manning said. “The way he prepares, just the way he is better each season than the one before, which tells you how he obviously approached the offseason, takes care of his body, challenges himself every single year. Those are a couple of the many things that are impressive about him as a quarterback.”
Manning leads the league with 3,572 passing yards and 34 touchdowns, while Brady’s numbers (2,552 yards, 14 TDs) have taken a hit as he’s adjusted to new receivers.
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