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The future Hall of Famer didn’t take kindly to former Colts coach Tony Dungy listing Brady as the sixth toughest quarterback to game plan against, and in response tweeted an image of the Colts’ “AFC Finalist” banner from 2014.
It would have been quite the burn had Dungy, not Chuck Pagano, been the head coach of the Colts that season, when Brady’s Patriots walloped Indianapolis, 45-14, in the AFC title game, en route to his fourth of six Super Bowls.
Dungy retired in 2008 — two years after coaching the Colts to an AFC championship win over the Brady-led Patriots.
The Colts won the Super Bowl to cap off that 2006 season. It followed years of playoff heartbreak at the hands of the Patriots, so perhaps Brady just mixed them up.
“Who I put ahead of Tom Brady: Aaron Rodgers, John Elway, Steve Young, guys who could move,” Dungy said on Shannon Sharpe’s podcast. “Not to say Tom wasn’t great, but that extra dimension meant something to me.”
The 65-year-old Dungy currently is an NFL analyst for NBC, while Brady, 43, left the Patriots for the Buccaneers last spring. Tampa Bay is 9-5 and in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The Colts’ unusual habit of raising banners denoting a trip to the conference championship game is because “recognizing an NFL playoff season — regardless of the ending — is an achievement to be proud of,” Colts COO Pete Ward told NFL.com in 2015.
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