Tom Brady is the winningest quarterback of all time, which includes six Super Bowl rings and a chance at a seventh on Feb. 7, but he’s also had his fair share of Super Bowl losses.
Yet, only one of his three losses still seems to be a thorn in his side.
According to Eli Manning, who beat Brady and the Patriots twice -- in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI – the first one is the one Brady is always bringing up when the two see each other.
“I’ve been around Tom numerous times, and I’ve never brought up a Super Bowl or our games versus them,” Manning told the New York Post. “He actually brings it up. It still bothers him a little bit, especially the ’07 one when they had the chance to go down as the greatest team of all time.”
The Patriots had a chance for revenge four years later, but once again the Giants were victorious and Manning remains the only quarterback to beat Brady twice in the Super Bowl.
Despite his success against the six-time champion, Manning remains modest when discussing Brady.
“I don’t have any bragging rights with Tom,” Manning said. “This is his 10th Super Bowl, and I’m so impressed with his whole career.”
While Brady is back in the Super Bowl, it’s the first time he will be playing in the game as a member of another team after signing with the Bucs this season at the age of 43.
“Going to a new team, new city, new state during a pandemic, where you have a shortened off-season and different rules and kind of get the same results….at age 43, yeah, it’s so impressive,” Manning added. “It was hard to think that ws going to be possible. He’s obviously got a special demeanor and a special ability to get guys to rally around him.”
So, does this mean Manning will be rooting for his old nemesis? Or does he prefer to be one of just two quarterbacks – the other Nick Foles – to take down Brady when it mattered most?
“I don’t think I rooted for him or against him for that reason,” Manning said. “I still watch the game and usually rot for the quarterbacks in certain situations, especially the fourth quarter --- whoever has the ball, I’m rooting for the quarterback and rooting for the offense to make plays.”