You knew Peyton Manning would not miss a chance to crack a few jokes in his Hall of Fame speech.
The two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday night and there were plenty of all-time greats on hand for the moment.
Among those included Manning’s greatest rival, Tom Brady, who was greeted by a chorus of boos from the crowd when the former Colts and Broncos quarterback mentioned him in his speech.
But those boos quickly turned to laughs as Manning gave Brady a good-natured ribbing.
“Next year, acceptance speeches will probably shrink to four minutes,” Manning said, a reference to the shortened six-minute window he was given. “And speaking of rivals, my good friend Tom Brady is here tonight, and by the time he is inducted — in his first year of eligibility in the year 2035 — he’ll only have time to post his acceptance speech on his Instagram account.”
Brady seemed to appreciate the joke, laughing along with the rest of the crowd. Although, he did appear to take issue with some of the boos as he turned around and started shouting something at someone.
As far as when Brady will get up there and deliver his speech is anyone’s guess. At 43, the Bucs quarterback seems determined to continue playing for as long as he can.
A 2035 Hall of Fame speech would mean Brady would retire in 2030, when he will be 53 years old.
Surely, he will retire before then. Right?