Tom Brady wanted to match Peyton Manning’s rare championship feat, says Buccaneers coach QB

Tom Brady has always measured greatness by winning championships, a feat that cemented his status as a GOAT by winning his seventh Super Bowl championship last season, the most for any player in NFL history. While Brady has the most NFL championships for any player in the league’s 101-year history, there was one feat he didn’t accomplish before last season that a Hall of Fame quarterback accomplished.

Peyton Manning was the only quarterback in NFL history to start and win a Super Bowl title with two different franchises. According to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback coach Clyde Christensen, Brady wanted to match Manning’s impressive mark this year.

Low and lo, Brady equaled his longtime rival.

“He said one of the things that he found really fun and challenging is what Peyton did in Denver,” Christensen told Zach Gelb on CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday. “There was something about that challenge that gave (Brady) good. ‘Hey, I’m going to go see if I can do this again somewhere else.’

“I think the challenge of that was a huge thing for him. Twenty-one years is a long time. Sometimes there is time for a change. He mentioned several times that he was impressed with it and that it seemed fun and challenging to him.”

Christensen has a long history with Manning, serving on the coaching staff for the Indianapolis Colts when Manning was on the roster from 2002 to 2011. His long history as a coach spans 41 years, witnessing firsthand the greatness of Manning and Brady.

Brady became the second quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl with two different franchises, earning his fifth Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award, the most in NFL history. Brady has surpassed Manning in passing yards, passing touchdowns and passer rating, in addition to his Super Bowl titles and Super Bowl MVP. Manning has Brady in regular season MVP awards (Manning has five and Brady has three), but Brady may have time to catch him there if he continues to play at his current pace, and continues to play past 45.

“I don’t see an end in sight and he certainly doesn’t act like there’s an end in sight,” Christensen said. “He’s so confident in his routine and what he’s doing physically that he’s going to be around for a while.

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