Denver Broncos' quarterback, Peyton Manning paid tribute to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick in a press conference ahead of the teams meeting on Sunday in the AFC Championship game.
Manning said that he believed that Belichick is "the best coach in NFL history" and stated that Belichick teams were coached to a high level.
"They're well coached, prepared... They always played hard for 60 minutes. That speaks to him."
Belichick, who was also met Manning as an assistant coach at the New York Jets when Manning came into the league with the Indianapolis Colts.
Including those encounters, Manning and Belichick have met 21 times with the Patriots coach winning 12 of those games.
Manning set an NFL record with 55 passing touchdowns this season and will make his 22nd playoff start on Sunday.
Meanwhile Belichick has a career record 196-103 with a 19-8 playoff record in 13 years as a head coach.
Manning indicated before his team's playoff victory over the San Diego Chargers that he may retire at the end of the season, should he need further surgery on an injured neck.
The quarterback has a 10-11 record in the playoffs with one Super Bowl victory in 2006 with the Colts.