There have been plenty of reported reasons as to why Tom Brady left the New England Patriots, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen revealed a new one: Peyton Manning.
Christensen appeared on CBS Sports Radio’s “The Zach Gelb Show” on Wednesday when he was asked if Brady ever opened up about leaving New England.
“There was a part of him the first time I met him…He said one of the things that looked really fun and challenging to him is what Peyton did in Denver,” Christensen said. “There was something about that challenge that hit [Brady] right. ‘Hey, I’m going to go see if I can do this again somewhere else.’
“I do think that the challenge of that was a huge thing for him. Twenty-one years is a long time. Sometimes there’s time for a change. He’s mentioned several times that he was impressed with it and that looked fun and challenging to him.”
Manning’s scenario was a bit different. He mutually parted ways with the Colts after a neck surgery sidelined him for a year.
Manning won an MVP and got to the Super Bowl in his second season with Denver, but did not win the Super Bowl until his third season at age 38.
While Brady did not win an MVP award with the Bucs, he was able to check off the Super Bowl in just his first season at age 43.
And there’s still more to come from Brady.
“I don’t see an end in sight and he certainly doesn’t act like there’s an end in sight,” Christensen said. “He’s so confident in his routine and what he’s doing physically, he’s going to be around a while.”