I just feel like he does. Brady is humble and gracious enough to lavish Manning with high praise when asked. Manning keeps his praise to simple things as to not give him too much. "He's got a great work ethic." Admitting someone has a great work ethic isn't going to let people think you think he's better than you are. That's how Manning always praises Brady. He says what he has to but he plays it close to the hip. I remember seeing him jumping around like a little kid when the 2007 season Superbowl turned against The Patriots late in the 4th quarter. Sure, his brother was on the other team, but I know he didn't want Brady to win an undefeated season, and after all the praise Brady got during that season, Manning was furious when he got denied his own. Brady always beats him in head to head. He's done it so often now that it's actually become something fans all over the country "know". He has three rings. 5 appearances. An undefeated regular season. More impressive stats. More impressive records. Brady just has a better brand. He's the super-elite quarterback for Bill Belichick's New England Patriots and their consistently feared offense. Brady and the Patriots have an aura about them that is unmatched. The Patriots inspire opposing teams to give them their absolute best shot even more than every years defending champions. Manning is just that really good quarterback, who always choked in the play offs, often laid huge eggs in big games, squeaked in one ring after the NFL and world of sports journalism threw him a huge pity party, eventually got let go by the team that drafted him. Knowing what I know of Manning's personality, seeing him do things like throw his own offensive line under the bus during a press conference, his pouting, his obvious concern and fixation with his own stats, which old team mates have called him out on, etc. I just can't help but see a man who is full of it when he gives the expected answer about being "friends" with Tom Brady. I bet he secretly hates him. Maybe hates a strong word... but I bet he secretly has a huge inferiority complex and hates that Brady is better than him, that people like Bradshaw and Steve Young and Joe Montana and others have said Brady is the best quarterback of all time or the best of his generation. If the Patriots meet Denver in the post season, Brady will be thinking about getting past Denver to get to the Superbowl. I'd bet you Manning is thinking about getting a win against Tom Brady. Agree?