Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are perhaps the two greatest quarterbacks of all time. They are living legends who have come to embody the quarterback position and shape an entire generation of the NFL. They have also been fierce rivals every step of the way, and their many epic duels have not only ranked among the best and most exciting games ever played; they have fundamentally shaped the lives and careers of both men.
But until now there has never been a definitive account of this rivalry - one that tells the real story. What do Tom and Peyton actually think of each other? What do their coaches think of them? What about teammates and opposing players? What are they like behind closed doors and in the locker room? How did their vastly different upbringings shape them, and how has each handled the injuries, setbacks, and defeats they've dealt with over their careers?
In this extraordinary book, veteran NFL correspondent Gary Myers tackles this subject from every angle and with unprecedented access and insight, drawing on a huge number of never-before-heard interviews with Brady and Manning, their coaches, their families, and those who have played with them and against them.
©2015 Gary Myers (P)2016 Tantor
"Myers is a thorough professional with impeccable contacts to successfully tell this account, which will be of interest to all football fans." (Library Journal)
Coming from a fan of football in general, I was moderately excited about this book. It was recommended to me by a fellow fan. The story itself does a good deal of work setting the stage about the relationship and comparison of the two quarterbacks, but I still feel there was a deliberate attempt to shade in favor of Manning. Maybe that was the authors way to even the scales between the two players, but if so, it felt like a disingenuous attempt to hide a personal bias. The author paints Manning as a saint, and shades Toms achievements. They also curiously leave out Peytons college transgressions and his later HGH allegations, but make an appoint to emphasize Spygate (while leaving out important details of context) and the farce that was Deflategate (again without due diligence in the fact department). So, bias aside, it was good to hear more behind the scenes about the contrasting history and how each had a vastly different road to success. I have a lot more respect for what each has accomplished, but even more for Tom, probably to the chagrin of the author. Definitely a good read if you can weed out the opinion from fact.
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