Rivalries: Jack and Arnie; Manning and Brady


This Sunday, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will square off on the gridiron for the 14th time in their NFL careers. In advance of the latest installment of their head-to-head battle, the NFL spoke to two men that know a thing or two about cultivating a good rivalry: Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

"We competed against each other with total intent to beat each other," Palmer explained as part of the video clip. "We always played off each other because we were playing against each other so much."

With 25 major championships between them, Palmer and Nicklaus began their rivalry with a playoff at the 1962 U.S. Open at Oakmont - won by the younger Nicklaus for his first career victory. Over the next 10 years, the pair would combine to win 70 tournaments on the PGA Tour.

"When I first started playing against Arnold, my goal was to beat him and become the best I could be," Nicklaus said. "If that meant de-throning 'The King,' then that was what I had to do."

Palmer and Nicklaus continued their competitive ways on the Champions Tour and remain two of the game's most notable ambassadors, striking the opening tee shot along with Gary Player to begin the Masters each spring.

"I don't care what Arnold and I have ever done, we've always competed against each other," said Nicklaus. "And it's been very healthy for both of us."

The 84-year-old Palmer echoed those sentiments.

"It was a great rivalry, and the rivalry didn't take away from the friendship," he added.