Tom Brady and Bruce Arians to attend Peyton Manning Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton
Peyton Manning didn’t arrive in Canton without battling a legendary rivalry.
The foil of his many Super Bowl ambitions will be present to witness Manning’s entry into football mortality.
Tom Brady is traveling to northeast Ohio to attend the Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 dedication ceremony, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians will join Brady at the dedication ceremony. The Arians coached Manning in the quarterback’s first three professional seasons at Indianapolis, which included a rookie campaign in which Manning led the league in pitched interceptions with 28.
The struggles didn’t last long for Manning, who reversed his rookie-year performance by throwing 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while helping the Colts finish with a 13-3 mark in 1999. Arians and Manning went their separate ways after one more season, and it wouldn’t be long before Manning and Brady began a rivalry that would last over a decade.
Manning and Brady are only one year apart and two in the draft class, but Manning has been retired for five years, achieving first-round status when he was selected for the class of 2021. His pick was just a formality, as he and Brady dominated the debate over who held the league’s top quarterback title for much of their respective careers. Often it came down to a simple question: Manning or Brady?
When it comes to wins, Brady found himself on the better side of history, finishing 11-6 in head-to-head clashes. It was the Brady Patriots who frequently ended Indianapolis Super Bowl ambitions before the Colts could reach the conference title game, and it happened often in snow-capped Foxborough. Manning tended to get the better of Brady at the Super Bowl gate, going 3-1 against Brady in the AFC Championship game meetings.
Manning retired a champion, winning Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos and leaving for sunset after the 2015 season. Five years later, he accepts his gold jacket, his bronze bust and his place in the hallowed halls of Canton. Brady will one day follow in his footsteps and get a taste of what the scene might look like this weekend. In the meantime, he has yet another ring to hunt.