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Aaron Rodgers on Tom Brady: 'He’s an outlier, a unicorn'

Erin Walsh
November 01, 2018 - 12:00 pm

It's not everyday you hear someone being called a unicorn. Well, Tom Brady was regarded as a unicorn by Aaron Rodgers. 

Brady and Rodgers are regarded as two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and arguably two of the best quarterbacks of all-time. The two have nothing but respect for each other and like to learn from one another as well.

On Thursday morning, Rodgers told reporters on a conference call that Brady is redefining how long NFL quarterbacks can play the game by taking simple steps and following a well-planned diet.

“But Tom’s kind of – he’s an outlier, he’s a unicorn,” said Rodgers. “There’s not many like him. Obviously, what he’s done in making it more public now with his diet and his workout regiment, that kind of sets a blueprint for how it’s done for him. We all have our own ways of taking care of ourselves, but I think it’s a great reminder about how important diet is to your overall performance.”

Rodgers added: “Tommy’s been able to do what he’s done not just because he takes great care of himself but because he plays at a high level year after year.”

Rodgers said he incorporates some of Brady’s game into his, trying to elevate it to the next level.

“Well, the first was pocket movement. Just watching him in 2007 especially, his smooth nature in the pocket and he’s able to make subtle movements and he has his entire career to create space through a throwing lane or a throwing platform,” said Rodgers. “And that’s one thing – not looking at the rush and being able to find that soft spot in the pocket is something he’s just been incredible at. It’s an innate sense but something you can really work on as well.”

Rodgers added: “That’s one thing I definitely took from him, and just like Favre, Tom’s always been great with his eyes – being able to manipulate defenders and move them out of zones that he wants to throw into and move safeties to be able to get to spots down the seams. Him and Brett are the best two I’ve seen on film.”

When talking about Brady, we don’t think of him necessarily being inspired by other players, but he is inspired by Rodgers, who had some comments on that.

“The feeling’s mutual. As a young player, I watched a ton of his film. I had a great guy to watch every single day in Brett Favre, but Tommy’s been at the top of his game for a long, long time,” said Rodgers. “So, I watched most of the snaps from the ‘07 season and I’ve always been a big fan of his. Just the stuff he does on the field is phenomenal and then to see him, as he’s gotten older in his career, continue to reinvent himself year after year and play at a high level every single season, obviously winning the championships, he’s a phenomenal player.”

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy also praised the Patriots QB.

“Well, you just see the consistency,” said McCarthy. “He’s had total command of the offense forever, it seems like 20 years – just their ability to get in and out of personnel groups and just the awareness of everything going on around him. He’s competitive, he’s obviously so competitive, but he just keeps rolling. We’ve been very impressed with the tape."