Tom Brady on K&C: Aaron Rodgers is inspiring, even to me

Ryan Hannable
October 30, 2018 - 10:47 am
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Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers will meet for only the second time in their careers Sunday when the Patriots take on the Packers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday Night Football.

Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Tuesday morning, Brady had incredible praise for the Green Bay quarterback.

“I know Aaron pretty well. We have been friends for a long time," he said. "I have always known about him. He went to Cal and grew up in the Bay Area. Then with the Packers behind Brett [Favre]. He came in when Brett got hurt up there one time. What he’s done as a quarterback, I think it is is inspiring, even for me. I watch his game and it makes me want to get out there and practice and improve because I think he’s so phenomenal with the way he manages himself in the pocket and his ability to throw the football is unlikely anyone probably in the history of the league. It’s pretty awesome to watch.

"He throws some of the best incompletions I have ever seen. It is going to be a big challenge for our defense. We’re going to try and make it hard on their defense and we’ll see how it shakes out. They have had a lot of close games this year. I am sure this will come down to the wire.”

Brady was also asked who is the best to ever play the game, but as expected the 41-year-old didn't want to go there.

“I think it’s a hypothetical question that is truly impossible to answer," he said. "It’s great to debate and those types of things. … It’s hard to compare positions and eras. It’s impossible to answer. I think Aaron is one of the best ever to play the game. He’s got every skill you need to be a great quarterback. I think there is a lot of other guys who are playing today that are phenomenal — Ben Roethlisberger, I think he is an incredible player. What Drew Brees has done, and I am just talking players who are playing. I mean Peyton Manning, I don’t think there was anyone who commanded the position better than Peyton what he did from Indy to Denver. That was spectacular. I got a chance to play against Brett Favre and I saw Steve Young last night and Joe Montana is a guy I have always looked up to.

"Ultimately, there is a lot of ways to get the job done to move the ball down the field and score points. That is what our job is, to go out there and score. Everyone has a little different style and depending on the offense you’re in, the coaches you have and the skill positions you play with, you develop a system around the quarterback in a way.”

With the Packers coming off a loss to the Rams last weekend, they surely will come in with some extra motivation and it has the potential to be another classic like in Green Bay in 2014.

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