It was never fun as a defender to go up against Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. But if you had to choose, which quarterback would you’d rather face?
Former NFL linebacker Bart Scott admitted that it was more nerve-wracking to face Peyton Manning as a quarterback than Tom Brady. He made that surprising statement on his ESPN Radio show, “Bart & Hahn,” with Alan Hahn.
“For me, I’d much rather go against Tom Brady every day of the week than go against Peyton Manning,” Scott said. “That’s how I believe everybody feels.”
Scott added, “Peyton Manning gives you a different set of anxiety.”
Scott faced both Manning and Brady in the playoffs. In 2006, he faced Manning while he played on the Ravens when they were the No. 1 seed and lost to the Colts in the divisional round.
As a New York Jet, Scott lost again to Manning and the Colts in 2009, but would get revenge the following year by defeating the Colts in the wildcard and then the Patriots in the divisional round.
“Peyton Manning gives you a different set of anxiety,” Scott said. “With Tom Brady, it was more about Bill Belichick, the entire team, the execution, like them having a game plan. But, Peyton Manning… literally ‘yellow’ meant something in the first quarter, it meant something totally different in the second quarter.”
Manning retired back in 2015 with two Super Bowl titles, a Super Bowl MVP and five NFL MVP awards.
Tom Brady, on the other hand, is getting set to play in his 23rd season. He currently has seven Super Bowl titles, five Super Bowl MVP awards and three NFL MVP awards.