Middle-aged men make small talk after chance encounter at Denver Broncos-New England Patriots game

Two middle-aged men who are extremely good at throwing oval-shaped balls wrapped in pigskin met up after the New England Patriots game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during first quarter action against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, February 7, 2016. Photo by Ben Hays.

Two middle-aged men who are extremely good at throwing oval-shaped balls wrapped in pigskin met up after the New England Patriots game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium.

The men, more commonly referred to as former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and current Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, got a couple minutes to catch up after New England’s 16-3 win.

Manning, 40, who retired last March, and Brady, who’s somehow still chugging along at 39 years old,  talked family, holiday plans and — surprise! — football.

“It was nice to see him,” Brady said of the encounter on Westwood One. “It was a nice surprise. I didn’t realize he’d be at the game. I saw him briefly before the game, and then I saw him after the game with his kids. So it was nice to see his kids are growing up fast, just like mine are.”

Brady was asked at the end of the interview if he thinks Manning misses football.

“Yeah, I think he does,” Brady said. “I think everyone misses football. He loves football so much. So much of what we talked about over the years is football. Whether he ever wanted to play — I’m not sure if that’s the case. He loves the game. This is something he’s done since he was a little kid.

He keeps track of everything that’s going on. Obviously, his brother is still playing. And he wants the Giants to win every week, and he wants Denver to win every week.”

Sounds like Manning misses the game. But don’t hold your breath waiting for him to return.

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Christian Clark

Author: Christian Clark

Christian Clark covers sports. He's worked for outlets that include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Oklahoman, Columbia Missourian and Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. He likes music and Mexican food. Lots and lots of Mexican food. Got questions? Tips? You can reach him at cclark@denverite.com.