New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a selfie with retired quarterback Peyton Manning, and fans of the NFL rivals hashed it out on Twitter.
Manning holds two Super Bowl titles: one with the Indianapolis Colts and the other with the Denver Broncos.
Brady has six Super Bowl wins under his belt, all with the Patriots.
Brady and Manning battled it out on the field for years, often in the AFC Championship. The two played each other 17 times throughout their careers, with Brady leading the competition 11-6.
Brady posted a photo of the competitors Wednesday and wrote “Spoiler alert… we were friends this whole time. Always great to see you Peyton!”
Spoiler alert… we were friends this whole time. Always great to see you Peyton! pic.twitter.com/DzscouMxsl
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) June 26, 2019
NFL fans argued over who was the better player and compared records, statistics and Super Bowl wins.
But you’re twice as good
— PROUD LEBRON FAN (@OprahSide) June 26, 2019
a tale of two hairlines
— Nick (@NickTheBullsFan) June 26, 2019
Responses also included friendly banter about the actual photo of the duo.
You always find the time to take pics with your fans, class act Tom!
— Nicholas Patchen (@RealNickPatchen) June 26, 2019
Brady is approaching his 20th season with the Patriots; Manning played in the NFL for 18 years, retiring in 2016.
Example of Perseverance
Elizabeth told WMUR that for her the New England quarterback is an icon of grit.
“I teach fourth grade, and I try to use (Tom Brady) as an example about perseverance and never giving up,” Elizabeth Diamond said. “Yeah, he’s had failures, and he bounces back up from them. It’s funny and it’s cool, but we’ll talk to her about the person that he is and how inspirational he really is.”
The couple said that friends joked that by bringing another Patriots fan into the world helped catapult the team to a win.
“Everyone on Facebook, our friends and family, they’re all like, ’Maggie you did it! You gave them good luck! Brady needed you!” said Elizabeth, according to the Fosters report.
Margaret is the couple’s first child.
A reporter asked whether they would try and match Brady’s brood of six.
“Oh, I don’t know about that,” Gary replied. “I did say that we were going to continue until we had a boy, but … I don’t have the commitment that Brady does.”
Brady, who after Sunday’s game has chalked up six Super Bowl victories, was recently asked if he was considering retirement.
When asked during an interview with ESPN if the game would be his last, Brady said, “Zero.”
He also curled his fingers and thumb to make a “0” shape to emphasize his point.
“I’ve said that for a long time,” he said, adding, “No one wants to believe me.”
“I feel like I’m asked that a lot and I feel like I repeat the same answer, but no one wants to believe me,” said Brady, 41.
Previously, the five-time Super Bowl champion said he wants to play until he’s 45.
“I’ve set a goal for myself at 45 and like I said before, it’s very hard to make it that far,” Brady said.
Meanwhile, the proud parents of Margaret Carter Brady Diamond told WMUR they especially look forward to celebrating those of their daughter’s future birthdays that happen to coincide with a Superbowl Sunday.
Epoch Times Reporter Tom Ozimek contributed to this article.