Peyton Manning takes a shot at Tom Brady during broadcast

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady don’t pass up an opportunity for a joke.

In the middle of the the first broadcast of Monday night football this year between the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens, which ended with an overtime win for the former, Peyton Manning took no time at all to throw a dig at his once-rival, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady.

After signing a lucrative deal to host Monday Night Football with his brother, one would think that Manning could sail that controversy-free money into the sunset, but you would be very wrong.

Peyton used his new-found platform to critique comments made by Tom Brady recently about the negative effects of the rule change allowing for more freedom for players when choosing their numbers.

Brady said this would create unneeded confusion for players, particularly on the offensive side, that are already dealing with a great deal of variables every single play. Brady persists that any extra confusion can put offensive players at a disadvantage.

For whatever reason, this critique didn’t seem to sit well with Peyton, who used an opportunity in the game to joke that Brady would essentially just need to deal with it and study more film to better prepare for the rule change.

By that same logic, Peyton would tell Brady to just “train more” if the players were taking PEDs.

Peyton’s criticism is also alarming given how close he sounds to a spokesman for the commissioner’s office and less like the charismatic hall-of-fame QB that fans watched dominate for years.

While this was all in jest, one has to wonder if the growing resume for Tom Brady is starting to really bother Manning. Brady has accomplished everything Manning did but to a much higher degree.

Hopefully this is the last of these kind of petty insults thrown at Brady this season, but only time will tell.

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