Peyton Manning said Wednesday that Tom Brady apologized for remarks about the Denver Broncos quarterback in a November email conversation with a friend that were revealed last week as part of the NFLPA’s lawsuit on Brady’s behalf.
In the emails to a childhood friend, the New England Patriots quarterback said he thought Manning’s playing days were limited, writing, “I’ve got another 7 or 8 years. He has 2.”
The NFLPA filed a lawsuit against the NFL on July 30 seeking to have a judge overturn the four-game suspension administered to Brady as part of his alleged involvement in the Deflategate scandal.
Manning addressed Brady’s email with reporters after Broncos practice on Wednesday.
“Everybody’s been speculating on that for a long time, so I guess he’s joining the list,” Manning said, according to the Associated Press.
“Hey, Tom sent me an apology text that was unnecessary. The fact that his emails got revealed doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. So, no harm, no foul. And [I] didn’t think a lot of it.”
Manning, 39, is entering his 18th NFL season. Brady, 38, is entering his 16th.
Manning further downplayed the emails by saying he had been “roasted before.”
“Someone said I was roasted. I mean, I’ve been roasted before. That is not a roast,” he said. “... I can promise you that email was Amateur Night compared to some of the things people really said about me.”
The Broncos and Patriots will meet in Week 12 for a Nov. 29 game at Denver.
- Mike Fiammetta