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Tedy Bruschi on OMF: People need ‘to get used to’ Tom Brady being greatest of all-time

Erin Walsh
October 17, 2018 - 8:15 pm
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Former Patriots linebacker and ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi joined Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria Wednesday afternoon for his weekly visit to discuss people calling Aaron Rogers the greatest of all-time and how people are sick of Tom Brady.

“I don’t know why,” said Bruschi. “Maybe they’re just tired of seeing greatness for so long because that’s what it is. I personally don’t get tired of it, New Englanders don’t get tired of it. It’s because he’s doing something that you just haven’t seen and you didn’t think it was possible”

Bruschi added: “Tom’s [Brady] changing the thinking of how you look at a quarterback position, the new age for the quarterback position, the longevity of a quarterback. Realizing that not only if you take care of yourself in terms of the physical aspect of it, the NFL is also telling you, yes we do want good quarterback play and we want you to last as long as you possibly can. So with the game knowing that knowledge and the physical preparation, he’s going to continue to play well but people see that and they want the new kid on the block and it’s just not going to be that way because of the way Tom Brady plays, the way the New England Patriots have their system and how it’s successful in terms of all of those aspects offensively. People just have to get used to it, it’s not going anywhere.”

When talking about Aaron Rodgers, Bruschi had some interesting things to say about his style of play.

“Aaron Rodgers is a great player. Yes, of course I’ve acknowledged that over and over again,” said Bruschi. “His style, it isn’t as lasting in my opinion. He relies on his athletic ability to get out of the pocket. Which one thing, as you get older, you lose that ability. The next thing you feel like you can get out of trouble and try to extend plays a little bit longer than maybe they should and then you get hit, you get injuries. Guys can get shots on you, you start to feel that a bit more so the traditional way that Tom Brady plays the game is they way the game wants you to play it because once you become that scrambling quarterback, you’re more vulnerable to defenders. Brady keeps himself out of those dangerous situations and Rodgers is in them multiple times a game.”

Brady and Rodgers will square-off on Sunday Night Football during Week 9 at Gillette Stadium.

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