Peyton Manning may have been away from the gridiron for over a month, but the Denver Broncos quarterback was thrust back into the headlines over the weekend as allegations of HGH use emerged.
Manning, accused of using Human Growth Hormone back in 2011 when with the Indianapolis Colts, vehemently denied the allegations on Sunday. And he has now received the backing of a fellow veteran QB who is no stranger to controversy.
Speaking during an appearance on WEEI radio show 'The Dennis & Callahan Morning Show,' Tom Brady came to the defense of the under-fire future Hall of Famer.
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"Peyton, I would consider him a good friend. You hate to see your good friends go through anything like that," explained the New England Patriots star.
"I fully support Peyton. My friendship with him over the years, he's a guy that I can always count on, and has been someone that's always been so supportive of me. We'll have lifelong friendships.
The allegations, made by a former intern at an anti-aging clinic in Indy, claim Manning used HGH when recovering from the neck injury that kept him out of the 2011 NFL season. Brady, however, is unwilling to give them any credence.
"Truthfully, I don't put much into anything [regarding the allegations]. I have a lot of friends, I have a lot of support, and he is the same. I'm a big fan and supporter of his. That's how I really feel about everything."
What with Manning's own strong denial and the words of several other high-profile NFL figures, it looks like the Broncos star has the backing of many within the league.
"There's always challenging times, but he's a tough guy, concluded Brady.
"I know that. He's a very mentally and physically tough guy...He's a big boy. He knows how to handle these things."
Still, having endured poor form and injury in what could be his final season in the NFL, the past few days have only added to what was already a difficult 2015 for Peyton Manning.
NFL fans: Do you believe Peyton Manning, or do you think he did take HGH? Have your say in the comments below...