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Brady congratulates Manning on No. 509

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady praised longtime rival Peyton Manning after the Broncos quarterback broke the NFL's all-time record for touchdown passes.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have been inextricably entwined for more than a decade.

The two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks make up what's arguably the greatest individual rivalry in football history, one that's among the greatest in all of sports.

The two have rewritten the NFL record books while competing almost annually with Super Bowl berths on the line.

But with Manning etching his name in the record books again Sunday night by passing Brett Favre for the NFL's record for career touchdown passes, Brady had some kind words for his rival and friend.

"It's pretty incredible," Brady told WEEI sports radio in his weekly Monday morning interview. "It's hard to throw touchdown passes and he -- even in the last two years -- I've never seen anything like it. It's pretty incredible. It's a great record. It's incredible to do. He's been very durable. He's been very consistent. He's just a spectacular player."

Brady also took part in a pre-recorded piece on that included some of the greatest passers in the history of the game acknowledging Manning's 509th career touchdown.

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