New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his family have received an outpouring of support in the days following the benching of the two-time Super Bowl MVP. One of the more surprising and meaningful messages came from Tom Brady Sr., father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady Sr. reportedly sent Manning’s father, Archie, an email about the importance of Manning’s contributions to the NFL and the Giants.
“He wrote me a beautiful message about what Eli has meant to the Giants and to the league,” Manning said (via Ian O’Conner of ESPN). “His email summed up the way Eli has carried himself during all of his years with the Giants and how that type of thing is important in our league at a time when maybe some of those things are breaking down. It was very meaningful to us.”
The fact that Brady Sr. reached out to Manning is somewhat surprising — especially when you consider his son’s rivalry with Peyton Manning, Eli’s brother, and the fact that Eli is the only quarterback to defeat Brady Jr. in a Super Bowl.
Regardless, the fathers of arguably the two greatest quarterbacks in NFL history have the utmost respect for one another.
“We really met just one time at the Super Bowl in San Francisco where we finally sat down and had a cup of coffee together,” Archie Manning said. “Tom [Sr.] is a very nice man, a real gentleman. Peyton and Tom [Jr.] have had a special relationship. They don’t go off and vacation together, but they’ve been together at different things through the years, and they have a lot of respect for each other.”