"Well, I hope we do. It's always nice to have a beast within you."
Small wonder some Giants fans raised a fuss when Manning said before the start of the season that he was an elite quarterback, and belonged in the same class as the Patriots' Tom Brady. He might be — as far as quarterbacking skills.
But Brady is still untouchable when it comes to charming a room full of reporters while revealing absolutely nothing.
On Wednesday, he got a question about his father, Tom Sr., and started talking about how his parents traveled to as many of his college games as they could.
"And even when I started my pro career, he traveled to Buffalo. I don't know if you guys have ever been to the hotels in Buffalo - they're not the nicest places in the world - but he would still travel to those." Brady added. "It was just great to grow up in a house like that and feel so supported by your Mom and Dad."
A few minutes later, as he exited the room someone asked if those hotels in Buffalo were the worst in the NFL. Already imagining the headline "Brady Trashes City" on the Bills' locker room bulletin board — and maybe Belichick's frown — he paused and flashed that charming smile.
"No, they're fine," Brady said. "Don't go writing that and getting me in trouble."
No worries, Tom. We'd never do anything like that.
Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.
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