Tom Brady draws his inspiration from an unlikely place.
During his Tuesday appearance on sports radio WEEI, the Patriots quarterback praised Aaron Rodgers ahead of his rare matchup with the Packers quarterback, saying he motivates him to play better.
“I think it’s inspiring,” Brady said, via ESPN. “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 how he manages himself in the pocket. His ability to throw the football is unlike anyone in probably the history of the league. It’s pretty awesome to watch.”
The upcoming Brady-Rodgers matchup has sparked debate over which quarterback is best, but Brady stands by the theory that you can’t compare apples to oranges.
“I think it’s actually a hypothetical question that is just truly impossible to answer. It’s great to debate it and those types of things. I don’t think about, ‘Oh, was this guy better than this guy or this guy?’ I guess that’s because maybe I’m an athlete and I realize it’s a lot of teamwork, it’s a lot of factors that go into helping your team win,” Brady said.
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“Good quarterbacks, I think, allow teams to build systems around them and bring out their skill set. I think it’s very flattering when a team chooses you and says, ‘Look, we want to move forward with you and we’re going to get receivers to complement your skills — tight ends and backs and [offensive] lines.’ If they’re not doing that, it probably means the team doesn’t have a lot of trust in you.”
Brady and Rodgers will commence their quarterback showdown when New England hosts Green Bay at 8:20 p.m. ET Sunday.
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