Tom Brady posts selfie with longtime rival Peyton Manning: 'We were friends this whole time'

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning may have been bitter rivals on the gridiron, but off of it, they're just a couple of buddies taking selfies.

Manning, drafted in 1998 by the Indianapolis Colts, and Brady, drafted in 2000 by the New England Patriots, have been constantly compared and often found themselves fighting it out on the biggest of stages. From 2001 to 2015, the two quarterbacks played each other a total of 17 times before Manning announced his retirement in 2016. 

The two faced off in high-stakes games so often, in fact, that their rivalry has its own Wikipedia page

Brady and Manning's friendship had been documented previously, but the Patriots quarterback decided to put any and all rumors of bad blood to rest on Wednesday with a post on Instagram:

Spoiler alert!

We're glad to see the two well-dressed NFL legends palling around in the sun, as long as Manning doesn't sneak any thoughts of retirement into the soon-to-be-42-year-old Brady's head. 

See the two legends facing off throughout their careers: 

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Brady vs. Manning through the years
New England Patriots' Tom Brady, right, shakes hands with Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning after a game between New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts, Sunday, November 5, 2006. Colts won 27-20. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning during Grand opening of the new Zegna Boutique at Ermenegildo Zegna Flagship store in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
Peyton Manning (L) and Tom Brady (R) meet at midfield at the beginning of the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots NFL game on November 7, 2005 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. (Photo by Bob Gevinski/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 4: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts meets with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots following the game at the RCA Dome November 4, 2007 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Patriots defeated the Colts 24-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won the game 35-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, left, talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before their NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
FOXBOROUGH - DECEMBER 4: Patriots QB Tom Brady (#12) greets usual starting QB Peyton Manning, right, who has been sitting out the season recovering from neck surgery. The New England Patriots play the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium, in week 13 of the NFL regular season, in Foxborough, Mass. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 7: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (#18) shakes hands with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady following New England's 31-21 victory. The New England Patriots hosted the Denver Broncos in an NFL regular season game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, meet after the Patriots' 31-21 win in their NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, walks from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-31 in overtime. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning head to their respective locker rooms after an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 43-21. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speak to one another following the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 1: As the final 15 seconds tick off the clock, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and Tom Brady, right, meet quickly, shook hands even quicker and then they separated. The New England Patriots hosted the Denver Broncos in a regular season NFL game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after New England's 31-28 win in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) meet at midfield after the Patriots beat the Colts, 24-20, in the NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Sam Riche)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos after the Broncos defeated the Patriots 26 to 16 during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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