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The end of an era: Manning takes one last jab at Brady during Hall of Fame speech

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady's rivalry was a fan favorite, sparked by years of tough competition between two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.
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Peyton Manning, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021, speaks during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CANTON, Ohio — It's no secret Peyton Manning and Tom Brady haven't always seen eye to eye. In fact, their rivalry is one of the best the NFL has ever seen. So when Manning was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, Brady was there. And, to many people's surprise, he was sitting in Manning's section during the ceremony. 

"I just need to make sure he’s really done. Can’t risk this guy coming back," Brady said in a tweet. 

When Manning took the stage in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, Aug. 9, he shared a funny and inspiring nine-minute speech, during which he made sure to call out his friend. 

“Speaking of rivals, my good friend Tom Brady is here tonight,’’ Manning said.

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The crowd mixed in some boos. Brady seemed stunned. What did he’d do? He forgot Manning fans didn’t like New England beating their hero one too many times. 

Speaking about the Hall of Fame's shortening of acceptance speeches at the enshrinement, Manning joked, “By the time Tom Brady is inducted in his first year of eligibility in the year 2035, he will only have time to post his induction speech on his Instagram account."

Their rivalry was a fan favorite, sparked by years of tough competition between two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.

The two QBs paths crossed often between 2001 and 2015. Over the years, they played each other 17 times, and Brady was on the winning team for 11 of those games. 

Brady and Manning were close competitors for the most passing yards in NFL history. During his 18 seasons in the NFL, Manning had nearly 72,000 passing yards. After he retired, Brady was able to widen the gap between them, recording a career total of more than 79,000 yards through the air.