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Patriots/Giants: Tom Brady, Eli Manning, and the end of an era

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning come from very different worlds.

Brady is a California boy who went to college in the Midwest; Manning was born, grew up, and attended university all in the Deep South. Brady came from humble origins and struggled in athletics throughout his childhood and adolescence; Manning was born into football royalty right from the get-go, the third member of his illustrious family to play football in the NFL.

Brady memorably was selected 199th overall in the sixth round of the 2000 Draft by a team that had spent most of its professional existence as a franchise being a perpetual loser.