By Mary Cunningham

Super Bowl quarterbacks Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons communicate regularly with each other.

“We’ve kind of kept in touch over the years,” Brady said this morning during his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI. “I’m always sending him texts over the course of the season and vice versa. I have a lot of respect for Matt. I like him a lot as a person, as a player, as a leader.”

The Patriots quarterback said that because Ryan, 31, played at Boston College, which plays its games 20 miles north of the Patriots’ home stadium, Brady “always kind of followed him.”

Brady, 39, also noted how the Patriots and Falcons practiced against each other in 2010 training camp, which was Ryan’s third year in the NFL.

“I got to see him up close and talk to him quite a bit,” Brady said of the practices at Falcons headquarters in Flowery Branch, Georgia. “Matt is a classy guy and a great quarterback.”


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