He never brings it up. Yet, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t receive some conversational attention.
Eli Manning is the lone quarterback alive who has this over Tom Brady — the apparently ever-enduring miracle who is made a beeline for his tenth Super Bowl, his first with the Buccaneers. Brady is 6-3 in his past Super Bowl appearances, all with the Patriots, and the initial two misfortunes came on account of Manning and the Giants.
With so much (merited) conversation this week about Brady, 43, as the best to actually do it, Manning will perpetually be 2-0 against him on the greatest stage.
“It’s something or other, it’s not something I actually state or ever contemplate,” Manning revealed to The Post on Tuesday. “I’ve been around Tom various occasions, and I’ve never raised a Super Bowl or our games versus them. He really brings it up. It actually annoys him somewhat, particularly the ’07 one whenever they got the opportunity to go down as the best group ever.
“Yet, I don’t have any gloating rights with Tom. This is his tenth Super Bowl, and I’m so dazzled with his entire vocation.”
Monitoring was the MVP of the Super Bowls after the 2007 and 2011 seasons, returning first in Glendale, Ariz., at that point Indianapolis in the final quarter to agitate Brady and the Patriots. The lone other quarterback to beat Brady in a Super Bowl is Nick Foles, three years back. Monitoring stays alone as a double cross Brady slayer.
“I don’t think I pull for him or against him consequently,” Manning said. “I actually watch the game and normally pull for the quarterbacks in specific circumstances, particularly the final quarter — whoever has the ball I’m pulling for the quarterback and pulling for the offense to make plays.”
In Tampa on Feb. 7, Brady and the Buccaneers face Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Brady, in a new spot for him, is the dark horse.