New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called Aaron Rodgers’ career “inspiring” Tuesday on WEEI Boston Sports Radio.
“I know Aaron pretty well. We have been friends for a long time," he told the station. "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,” Brady continued. “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.”
While he had a lot of great things to say about the Packers quarterback, Brady didn’t give a direct answer to who the greatest player of all time is.
“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.”
Brady went on to say a lot of other guys in the league like Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, along with retired guys like Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Steve Young and Joe Montana also deserve to be in the discussion.
The Packers take on the Patriots on Sunday Night Football starting at 7:20 p.m. on NBC.