Tom Condon the agent of Peyton Manning has revealed that the quarterback had only one request when entering free agency in 2012: He didn't want to make more money than Tom Brady.
Once Manning was released from the Indianapolis Colts, almost every franchise in the league rolled out their best advertising pitch to try and lure one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time to steer their ship.
In the free agency season of 2012, Manning was was bombarded with requests from NFL teams to become their starting quarterback for the new season, whilst for Manning, the only important thing to him was to make sure he wasn't paid more than a quarterback he dearly respected, Tom Brady.
After eventually deciding to sign for the Denver Broncos under the guidance of John Elway, Manning approached his agent Tom Condon and asked him how much money the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was making.
Condon informed his client that Brady was making $18 million per year in New England and Manning's response was: "Then I don’t want to make a penny more than that."
Condon told Andrew Brandt on Friday that Manning was "Incensed" when he found out that he was being offered $19.4 million per year by the Denver Broncos.
Manning felt so strongly about not being paid more than Brady that Condon had to call Manning's wife to convince the future Hall of Famer to accept the offer from the Denver Franchise.
When Manning hit free agency, it was widely expected around the league that he would break records with the staggering amounts he may be offered by teams in the NFL, Condon even admitted that he expected the signal caller to sign a deal in the area of around $25 million per year.
Manning still carries himself with an air of modesty and class that he has maintained throughout his glittering NFL career, this is just another testament to the outstanding character of Peyton Manning.