Brady, Manning recall their first meeting
|11.11.09 at 3:38 pm ET|
FOXBORO — No two quarterbacks this decade have been as inextricably linked as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. The two first met in 2001, and have struck up a cordial friendship. On Wednesday, the two recalled their first encounter — it was on the field before a Sept. 30, 2001 game at Foxboro Stadium between the Patriots and Colts.
For Brady, it was his first career start in the NFL, having taken over for Drew Bledsoe, who was injured in the late stages of the previous week’s loss to the New York Jets.
“It was his third year in the league when I was a rookie, and it was pretty much my first start came against the Colts,” Brady recalled of their first meeting. “Peyton came over on our field and said, ‘Hey, I’m Peyton Manning.’ I said, ‘No [bleep].’
“It was pretty brief. We were both getting warmed up and he was probably on his 100th throw of the day, two hours before the game. It was a pretty quick meeting.”
Brady has positive memories of the game — New England came away with a 44-13 win. Manning, not so much.
“You know, I try to forget that game,” Manning said with a chuckle. “Thanks for bringing that up. I really appreciate that. [I was] probably out there just throwing before the game like I usually do. Sometimes you get out there a little bit early and just try to get a feel for the turf, and I remember Tom being out there and I’m sure I was talking to [Drew] Bledsoe, as well. That was the first time I met Tom. Obviously he’s been doing unbelievable things since.”
“We talk from time to time,” Brady said of Manning. “I have a lot of respect for him as a player, and for the role model that he is, the way that he carries himself, the way the he leads the team, and the way he’s a representative for the league, and all of those things.
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