For a book promising us the “inside story” on the Brady vs Manning rivalry, I was expecting a bit more.
And maybe the revelation that (gasp!) Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are friends off the field should have been enough. But, quite frankly, I still kept feeling like there should have been a bit more substance to this book.
Part of this could be that as a Tennessee fan, I’ve followed Peyton since he become a Volunteer, so there isn’t much included here that I wouldn’t already know because of my deep, abiding fandom of Peyton and the Volunteers. But as I read this book, I couldn’t help but feel that it would benefit from a bit of editing — especially in some of the middle chapters as I began to feel like I was reading the same couple of anecdotes over and over again.
I also find it interesting to read this book in the wake of the current hoopla surrounding Brady and deflate-gate. I realize that the book’s lead time meant this couldn’t really be delved into that much, but reading some of what we find out about Brady here, I can’t help but feel like it sheds some new light on him as a player and person.
Brady vs Manning tries to walk a fine line in looking at this rivalry. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite do what it set out to do.
I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.