Retired QB Eli Manning joins Twitter, gets humorous welcome from Tom Brady
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  • Mike ReissESPN Staff Writer

    • Covered Patriots since 1997
    • Joined ESPN in 2009

Eli Manning creatively announced that he is joining Twitter by paying homage to the movie “Hoosiers” on Saturday, and Tom Brady chimed in with a humorous touch.

To paraphrase Jimmy Chitwood, “I don’t know if it’ll make any change, but I figure it’s time for me to start playing social media.”

— Eli Manning (@EliManning) May 23, 2020

Welcome @EliManning, In typical fashion, you never showed up until the 4th quarter anyway 😜

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 23, 2020

Brady’s reference to the fourth quarter brings back painful memories for fans of his former team, the New England Patriots. Manning’s fourth-quarter heroics in Super Bowl XLII helped the New York Giants defeat the Patriots 17-14, dashing their hopes for a perfect season.

Manning did it again four years later in Super Bowl XLVI, leading the Giants past the Patriots 21-17. Manning was the MVP of both games.

Brady, of course, has experienced more jubilation than heartbreak in Super Bowls. He has played in nine and is the only player in NFL history to win six.

So the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback can joke about it now, but at the time, they were two of the most devastating losses of his career.

Manning retired this offseason after spending his entire 16-year career with the Giants.

He made sure to get his own shot in Saturday.

Hope your golf game is as polished as your Twitter game. Don’t hit it in the lumberyard.

— Eli Manning (@EliManning) May 23, 2020

Manning’s response was in reference to Brady and Phil Mickelson teaming up to face his brother Peyton and Tiger Woods on Sunday in “The Match: Champions for Charity.”

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