New England Patriots Tom Brady knows the business that he and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning signed up for.
The Giants have decided to let their younger quarterbacks play, but offered Manning the opportunity to break the record for consecutive starts on Sunday. Manning declined and his streak ends at 210 games.
Brady remembers from his days growing up in California that sports is a tough business.
“I think there’s always these types of situations,” Brady said on Westwood One Radio to Jim Gray, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “As a fan growing up, I mean, to see Joe Montana playing in another uniform, and again, to see Jerry Rice or Ronnie Lott [in another uniform], you know guys that I really looked up to and admired, there’s not many happy endings in sports, and you know that’s just the way it is.
“You always wish for everything to go like a fairy tale, but it doesn’t. Michael Jordan played for the Washington Wizards. I mean, who would have ever believed that? And that’s just pro sports.”
Brady is right, teams moving on from their champion stars happens quite often. Manning’s older brother, Peyton, finished his career with Denver Broncos.
The younger Manning is still on the Giants but that will likely no longer be the case. At least he’ll always have the memory of beating Brady twice in the Super Bowl.