Not much more than a passing knowledge of the NFL or some familiarity with the “Names” column is required to know that Tom Brady is the subject of envy rather than a practitioner of it.
But when Brady and the Patriots host the Denver Broncos on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” he couldn’t be faulted if he glanced over at the weapons at the disposal of a fellow legendary quarterback and feels a twinge of . . . well, of something unfamiliar. A brief coveting of thy rival’s pass-catchers might be understandable, not that Brady would ever admit as much.
“You don’t hear him complaining about it,’’ said NBC’s Al Michaels, who will call the much-anticipated game with analyst Cris Collinsworth, the second time this season the superb broadcast duo has worked a Patriots game. “You never hear him mutter about it. He’s one of those guys, you deal the cards and he plays the hand.”
But Michaels acknowledged during the Patriots-Falcons broadcast in Week 4 that Manning has typically had more star power in his huddle through the years than Brady.
“I was talking during that game about how great Manning is, and how he has these great receivers now, a quartet that I’m not sure are up there with Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, and whoever else we can throw in there [from his days with the Colts], but it’s close. It’s pretty close, with Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, and Eric Decker, who isn’t having a great year statistically but he’s no stiff, he’s a great receiver.
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