SUPER BOWL XLVI SARTORIAL SHOWDOWN: MANNING VS. BRADY
The New England Patriots and the New York Giants will take the field for Super Bowl XLVI led by Eli Manning and Tom Brady. The two last faced off in the Super Bowl in 2008, where the Giants reigned supreme. Come Sunday, the quarterbacks will again ditch their everday duds to suit up in the Giants road white uniforms and the Patriots home blues, the same jerseys worn during their last Super Bowl matchup.
The battle on the gridiron has yet to begin but the quarterbacks have already been competing on the fashion front. NFL QB’s often receive attention for their personal style and Manning and Brady are no exception. When it comes to their sartorial play-calling, they have very different gameplans. But despite their varying off-the-field styles, both guys will be looking to add a new ring to their accessory collections. Here’s a look at the Manning vs. Brady style showdown.
Both players have been recognized in the fashion world, serving as men’s magazine coverboys on more than one occassion. Brady, however, takes the lead with more cover appearances. As fans await this year’s rematch, here are the 2008 covers of Men’s Vogue and Esquire featuring the QB’s.
Throughout their careers, Manning and Brady’s style sense has evolved along with their football skills. Eli’s off-the-field fashions are often simple and casual. Brady takes more risks when he dresses, a tactic that has landed him atop countless best-dressed lists of sports stars. Both quarterbacks have been awarded the honor of Super Bowl MVP for their style of play but in this contest, Brady often scores more fashion points.
They don’t have their own clothing lines like Eli’s teammate, Victor Cruz, but Manning and Brady have each been tapped to endorse fashion brands. Manning works with Citizen watches and recently consulted with the brand to design his own piece. In a controversial sports/fashion move, Brady became the face of UGG men’s boots last Fall.
In their most recent style showdown, the Super Bowl QB’s suited up in designer threads before touching down in Indy. A Ermenegildo Zegna-clad Manning is a sharp contrast to the Tom Ford wearing Brady. Here’s a detailed breakdown of their clothes call, courtesy of the New York Post:
MANNING: Two-button, double-vented, heather-brown pinstripe suit from Ermenegildo Zegna ($3,600); White dress shirt, $345; Brown, white and navy stiped tie, Zegna, ($185); White pocket square ($90); Milanese tanbrown wingtip brogue, also from Zegna ($595).
BRADY: Gray twisted, check threepiece Tom Ford suit (from $5,000); Brown, white and gray gingham shirt from Tom Ford ($495); Tom Ford black knit tie ($245); White pocket square ($145); Lace-up oxfords by Tom Ford ($1,290)