Tom Brady Credited a Play He Got From Peyton Manning for Half of Rob Gronkowski's Production

Tom Brady shared how he formed a great connection with Gronk.
Tom Brady shared how he formed a great connection with Gronk. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Tom Brady was chosen for the NFL 100 All-Time Team and joined the panel, which also featured Bill Belichick, to discuss his career and share some fun stories fans have never before been privy to.

One of those had to do with Brady meeting up with Peyton Manning one offseason to hang out and talk football. Apparently that meeting ended up benefitting former Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Brady credited a play he learned from a conversation with Manning for half of Gronk's production in the NFL, which is a pretty staggering amount considering the star tight end went to five Pro Bowls and earned First-Team All-Pro honors three times.

Manning explained the play to Brady back in 2011, and the following season was the best of Gronkowski's career. That year, a 22-year-old Gronkowski hauled in 90 receptions for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Who knew it was all thanks to Manning?

Gronkowski became "Gronk" in 2011. He can now thank two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time for his rise to stardom, as without Manning offering that tidbit to Brady, there's a chance Gronk may not have been quite as effective in New England's offense.