When public record showed an email conversation New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had with his dad before the 2014 showdown against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, the Internet exploded.
Brady mentioned how the All-Pro quarterbacks were entering “the final chapter” of their rivalry, suggesting Manning only had two years left before retirement.
The headline-grabbing nature of the message turned it viral, and according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post, the Patriots gunslinger felt compelled to apologize to Manning. However, Jhabvala notes Manning wasn’t fazed by the exchange.
Peyton on Brady email: "No harm, no foul. I've been roasted before. That is NOT a roast."
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 12, 2015
It’s great to see Manning brush off what really was a non-issue, because Brady made a harmless statement to his dad in private about a couple old quarterbacks. This really is the final chapter of the battle between future Hall of Famers.
Brady and the Patriots earned the upper hand in that early November contest, toppling Manning and Co. 43-21 in Foxboro. Manning racked up 438 yards and two scores, but Brady found the end zone four times.
Denver will have a shot at redemption in 2015, though, hosting New England on Nov. 29 for the Sunday Night Football showcase.
If the 2015 season marks the end of a tremendous career, Manning will get the chance to end his side of the story with a victory.