Rivals reunite: Tom Brady to attend Peyton Manning's Hall of Fame ceremony
Tennessee legend Peyton Manning will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, and among the VIPs on the guest list is his long-time rival Tom Brady.
Manning, 45, retired after winning Super Bowl 50, 24-10 over Carolina, following the 2015 season. Brady, 44, has won seven Lombardi trophies and is back to defend his Super Bowl 55 title with the Bucs.
Even after all their games against one another, particularly with the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, Brady will attend Manning’s enshrinement ceremony on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reported, flying to Canton, Ohio, on the Bucs’ day off from training camp to witness his friend reach football immortality.
Manning’s 2021 class includes Bucs and Broncos safety John Lynch, Steelers guard Alan Faneca, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson, Raiders/Packers defensive back Charles Woodson and Steelers scout Bill Nunn.
Also headed to the enshrinement ceremony Sunday with Tampa coach Bruce Arians, who was Manning’s first quarterbacks coach with the Colts, will be assistant Clyde Christensen, who coached receivers (2002-08) and was offensive coordinator (2009-11) and quarterbacks coach (2012-15) for Indianapolis; and Tom Moore, the Bucs’ offensive consultant and longtime Colts offensive coordinator.
“I think the thing that just stands out to me is they stayed on top for such a long period of time,” Christensen said. “They both played at such a high level. They both, for the most part, stayed healthy. And being in the AFC, people got to see it. There were 17 games between them, and people got to view the rivalry. It was just outstanding, which doesn’t happen in the NFL a whole bunch.