FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady expressed support and personal admiration for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in the wake of Manning being identified in an Al Jazeera report as one of several high-profile athletes who were supplied performance-enhancing drugs from an anti-aging clinic.
"I would consider him a good friend and you hate to see your good friends go through anything like that," Brady said during his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI on Monday morning.
"He’s been a great player for this league, for his teams, for his organizations. He’s been one of the best players to ever play the game. Nobody has more respect for Peyton than I do, and everything he’s accomplished. Those are always challenging times, but he’s a tough guy, I know that. He’s a very mentally and physically tough guy."
Brady, who went through his own high-profile situation in the offseason with the NFL taking him to court over air pressure in footballs, was asked by hosts John Dennis, Andy Hart and Steve Buckley if he would consider reaching out to Manning based on his own experience.
"He’s a big boy. He knows how to handle these things. Like I said, he’s a very mentally tough guy," Brady answered.
"There is nothing I really want to add, because I don’t know; someone writes a story and to comment on the story that someone writes all the time, I don’t know the details of anything," Brady continued.
"I fully support Peyton and my friendship with him over the years. He’s a guy that I can always count on and he’s been someone who has always been so supportive of me. We’ll have lifelong friendships. Truthfully, I don’t put much into anything. I have a lot of friends, I have a lot of support, and he has the same. I’m a big fan and supporter of his, so that’s how I really feel about everything."