Do Tom Brady and Drew Brees Like Each Other?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees are two of the best in the NFL and will both certainly be inducted into the Hall of Fame once their careers are over. The two have a lot in common from breaking records to Super Bowl wins to being the oldest signal callers in the league, but that doesn’t mean they have to like each other. So how do they feel about one another?

Well, Brady and Brees actually go back longer than people think. Here’s how long these athletes have been competing against one another and whether they get along today.

Tom Brady and Drew Brees

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They played against each other in college

Before Brady was drafted 199th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft and Brees 32nd overall in the 2001 NFL Draft they played against each other in college.

“We’ve known each other for a long time, I guess since 1999 when he was at Michigan and I was at Purdue,” Brees said. “And that was at a point where the coaching staff there was having [Brady] share time with Drew Henson. Drew Henson was the highly touted freshman who I think had already been drafted in the first round by the Yankees … For me, standing on the sideline across from him, to me it was obviously Brady’s team. And yet he had to share time with this freshman. And yet, man, his approach and his discipline during that time … he played at such a high level, but he just worried about what he controlled.”

Brady also recalled that meeting between them and which team came out victorious.

“We played ’em, maybe my senior year in the Big House and we beat ’em,” Brady remembered. “He was really in a fun offense to watch. Joe Tiller was a great [coach]. My roommate [when I first got to the Patriots] actually played with Drew — Dave Nugent — and he had so many great things to say about him. And I just loved watching Drew play even back then.”

What Brees thinks about Brady these days

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Nearly two decades later, Brees made it clear before a game against the New England Patriots just what he thought of the fellow quarterback.

“I’ve got a ton of respect for Tom and what he’s accomplished,” he said. “I don’t know if there is a guy in this game that has been more disciplined, more mentally tough and is just so consistent, so, so consistent. A lot to be respected. I have a ton of respect for him, his approach and his accomplishments.”

What Brady thinks about Brees these days

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Brady explained that he shares that same respect for the Saints quarterback.

“I think so highly of him and everything he’s accomplished,” Brady told reporters. “He’s a great player and a great leader. Played on two different teams, been so productive, and it’s great when you see that happen. It’s a very competitive league and to be around competing, it’s really a privilege to still be able to do it. I feel that way myself, I’m sure he does too.”

Even though these two have been playing the position longer than any other starting quarterbacks in the league, neither seems to be slowing down as they continue to be at the top of their game each and every single Sunday.

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