Tom Brady Not Focused On Historic Context Of Peyton Manning Matchup

January 17, 2014 4:24 PM
Tom Brady Not Focused On Historic Context Of Peyton Manning Matchup
" FOXBORO (CBS) — Considering they both play quarterback and therefore never actually go against each other, it’s a little disingenuous to try to bill any matchup between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as a clash of two future Hall of Famers. More accurately, Brady will be going up against the Denver defense on Sunday, just as Manning will be trying to beat the New England defense.

Alas, the Brady-Manning matchup is too good to pass up as a talking point during the week for fans and media members. But as far as Brady himself goes, the quarterback said he hasn’t spent too much time thinking about his counterpart this week.

“I appreciate playing great football teams, and he’s a great leader on that football team. And this game is about the Broncos and the Patriots. I know that they’ve got a great quarterback on the other side of the ball,” Brady said on Friday. “I love playing football. Truthfully, I’m just not focused on that [rivalry with Manning] at this point. I wake up every morning and try to come here and focus on my job and do what I need to do "

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