Gronkowski says he is honored to play part in Brady-Manning rivalry

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Ahead of another meeting between two of the best ever NFL quarterbacks in history, New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski says he feels honored to be a part of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's rivalry.

The two great quarterbacks will meet again on Sunday afternoon in Denver, as the Broncos host the Patriots at Mile High.

It was only nine months ago when the two teams last faced off. Manning led the Broncos to a comfortable AFC Championship Game victory as Denver progressed through to Super Bowl XLVIII.

Gronk feels honored 

But Sunday's game will be as equally important, with top spot in the AFC up for grabs for the winner of the contest.

But rather than talk too much about the game itself, during a press call on Wednesday, Gronkowski was asked at length about the Brady-Manning rivalry, and his answers were interesting to say the least.

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“It’s excellent,” Gronkowski explained this week. “It’s an honor to even be out there. Growing up as a kid, I always watched Brady vs. Manning. Now, being a part of it and trying to help out Brady get that win for the Patriots, it’s great to be out there, and it’s an honor.”

Gronk set for Hall of Fame too

Such is the magnitude of the two men, you can understand why even a superstar player like Gronkowski is still in awe.

But a time will come when it's Gronkowski that we start talking about in those Hall of Fame terms. The big Patriots tight end is officially back after a couple of years battling forearm and knee injuries.

His three-touchdown showing last Sunday against Chicago Bears was just a glimpse of what he's capable of, with his 2011 highlight reel ON THIS LINK a perfect example of what's to come and most likely so much more.

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