“I think he does things that no one in the league has ever done, or can do, just because of his physical ability,” Brady said during his weekly interview. “Some of the plays he makes are just phenomenal. I’ve seen a lot of them. Not just the throws, but the scrambles. He had one in the Giants game and some of the plays yesterday.
“It’s just his style of play. He’s been doing that for awhile, so I always love watching his tape, admiring what he can do because I can’t do many of those things. He’s just had an incredible season. He’s definitely on a roll so it’s going to be a hell of a game — Atlanta and Green Bay.”
Brady, like his fellow NFL quarterbacks and the rest of us, marvels at the ease with which Rodgers makes these amazing plays. More on that interview, transcribed by ESPN:
“I think he makes everything look so simple because he has such an efficient delivery,” Brady added. “Everything really looks effortless with him, which is the amazing part. He’s definitely working hard, but he’s making hard look easy; it’s a very effortless style he plays with. The velocity of the ball, the placement of the ball, I mean, he’s just an incredible player. He works very hard at it, he’s a very talented player, and he’s just having an incredible season.
“I always love watching his tape, admiring the things he can do, because I can’t do many of those things. … Whenever he’s on, I usually stay up and watch.”
Brady might get a chance to watch Rodgers in person in Houston in two weeks if the two quarterbacks are at their best on Sunday.
If he played for Bill Belichick, Aaron Rodgers would have more Super Bowls than Tom Brady does with Patriots
They are da Vinci and Van Gogh, painting weekly masterpieces for public consumption. On their worst days, they might be Rembrandt and Picasso.
They are brilliant and epic, incredible and sublime, the best and the brightest in a profession with the shortest of shelf lives. Bodies are mangled and muscles forever ache when you get in their line of work, which makes their accomplishments that much more surreal.
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are the kings of the quarterback hill now, the gold standard for the most important position in team sports. They will meet in Super Bowl LI in a few weeks if the Patriots and Packers take care of business in their conference championship games this weekend.
History will remember Brady as the best quarterback of all-time, an intense, disgustingly handsome owner of nearly every meaningful team and big-game statistic in his sport. He's a money player that can crush your soul and have the decency not to rub it in your face in the postgame press conference.
Brady has won four Super Bowls, but the here's the simple truth that will make Patriot Nation whip out their pitchforks: Rodgers would have won more if he were a part of the Evil Empire.
There has been no quarterback to have walked God's Green Earth that possessed Rodgers' blend of smarts, athleticism and improvisation. John Elway was close, but nobody else can come within arm's reach of what Rodgers can do on a football field.
Brady doesn't have to defend himself to anyone — his work speaks for itself — but even he realizes that he doesn't possess the physical gifts that has made Rodgers into one of the undisputed greats of the game.
"I think he does things that no one in the league has ever done, or can do, just because of his physical ability," Brady told WEEI radio this week. "Some of the plays he makes are just … they're just phenomenal. Not just the throws but the scrambles."
Imagine how Rodgers' career would have played out if he were teamed with Bill Belichick. He's hoisted the Lombardi Trophy once and won two NFL MVP awards in his nine seasons as the Green Bay starter. Brady will play in his 11th conference championship game, including a record sixth in a row on Sunday.
Belichick has gone four for six in Super Bowls with Brady.
He would have won more with Rodgers, who would have made a habit of churning out historic seasons with the greatest coach in NFL history on his side. It would have been fun to witness, a perfect marriage that would have changed the conversation.
Brady's brilliance in his late 30s has vaulted him past Peyton Manning as the best ever. He runs on batteries and avocados.
Brady has played the equivalent of two full seasons in the playoffs. He owns just about every important postseason record, including wins, passing yards and passing touchdowns. He completed 93 percent of his passes in a playoff game and threw for six touchdowns in another one.
Rodgers, however, would have put up even more ridiculous numbers if paired with Belichick. He's every bit as smart as Brady with more physical tools.
His moon-shot Hail Marys might be something to behold, but he's never made a better pass in his 12-year career than his rollout, across-the-body 36-yard sideline laser to Jared Cook that help set up the Packers' game-winning field goal in an instant classic over the Cowboys last weekend.
The play highlighted everything that Rodgers is — and everyone else is not. His virtuoso performances over the past two months have put his once floundering team on the precipice of the Super Bowl. Green Bay is only third team since the 1970 merger to start the season 4-6 or worse and reach the conference championship game. The 1997 Jaguars (4-7) and Rex Ryan's 2009 Jets (4-6) both failed to reach the Super Bowl.
Tom Brady says he stays up to watch Aaron Rodgers play 'whenever he's on'
If the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots both win on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady would meet in the Super Bowl for the first time .
For Brady, it would be a chance to compete against his favorite player.
On Tuesday, the New England QB revealed to WEEI that he is an Aaron Rodgers fanboy. He makes a point of watching all of Rodgers' tape, and stays up late to watch the Packers whenever they are on TV.
"I think he does things that no one in the league has ever done, or can do, just because of his physical ability," Brady said on WEEI. "Some of the plays he makes are just — they’re just phenomenal. Not just the throws but the scrambles."
"Everything really looks effortless with him, which is probably the amazing part. He’s definitely working hard, but he’s making hard look easy. It’s a very effortless style he plays with. The velocity of the ball, the placement of the ball, he’s just an incredible player. He works very hard at it, he’s a very talented player, and he’s just having an incredible season. It’s fun to watch him play I always love watching him play. Whenever he’s on, I usually stay up and watch."
Considering the level Rodgers is currently operating on, it's not all surprising that Brady would gush about him. Did you see his throw against the Cowboys? Who else in football can sling a 35-yard bullet like that, across his body, and into a tiny window along the sideline?
Still, Brady is rarely so revealing (not to mention gushing) in any interview, regardless of subject. And really, what's even crazier than the praise of Rodgers is his admission that he stays up late to watch him. Brady claims to go to bed at 9 p.m. Add that to Rodgers' long list of insane accomplishments.