It is only fitting for Peyton Manning to have his longtime rival present at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The former Colts and Broncos quarterback is set to receive his gold jacket on Sunday in Canton and Tom Brady is expected to be in attendance for the occasion, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians — who was Manning’s QB coach with the Colts — told the Tampa Bay Times.
Brady and Manning squared off against one another 17 times from 2001-15, with Brady getting the best of Manning, going 11-6 in those games.
However, three of Manning’s six wins came in the AFC Championship Game, resulting in trips to the Super Bowl — including two wins.
Manning, 45, retired following the 2015 season while Brady, who just turned 44, is gearing up for his 22nd season in the league after winning his seventh Super Bowl last year with his new team, the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Despite the on-field rivalry, Manning and Brady have remained close friends over the years. The two squared off against each other again last year on the golf course during "The Match," where Manning and Tiger Woods bested Brady and Phil Mickelson in the charity event.
In addition to Manning, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch and Charles Woodson are also being inducted into the Hall this weekend.
Brady will surely follow the rest of them there, we’re just going to have keep waiting a little while longer.