If it wasn't for Eli Manning, it's very possible that Tom Brady would be a seven-time Super Bowl champion. Manning and the Giants spoiled the Patriots' perfect season in 2008, and Manning later beat Brady with a 9-7 team in 2012.
In a radio interview with Jim Gray on Westwood One, Brady addressed the Giants' decision to sit Eli Manning and evaluate their quarterback options at the end of a lost season. Brady called Manning's situation "unfortunate," and said he has nothing but respect for Manning.
"I have nothing but the most respect for him and everything he's achieved and accomplished in his career.
…. Obviously, being on the other side of two of those Super Bowl losses to an Eli Manning-led team, I just have so much respect for his dependability, for his consistency, for his toughness. You know that's really everything you want in an NFL player, and I think Eli has always provided that for the team. So I think it's a pretty unfortunate situation."
Brady compared the possibility of Manning playing for another team to Michael Jordan playing in Washington.
"You always wish for everything to go like a fairy tale, but it doesn't. Michael Jordan played for the Washington Wizards. I mean, who would have ever believed that?"