02/02/2014 10:05 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2014

These Football Friendships Are Proof That You Can Overcome Differences (PHOTOS)

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As two teams prepare to go head-to-head in football's ultimate showdown tonight, many fans are gearing up to cheer against each other for their favorite players. It is human nature to become competitive -- with others and ourselves -- and often it can create unnecessary stress if not handled properly. But, as the photos below prove, even rivals can overcome their differences -- and ultimately come together over a shared love of something greater.

eli and peyton manning

"We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond."
-- Gwendolyn Brooks

quarterbacks hug

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
-- Henry Ford

quarterbacks hug

"I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat."
–- Tom Landry

quarterbacks hug

"Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play."
–- Mike Singletary

quarterbacks hug


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