It’s no secret that Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady hold tremendous mutual respect. The two future Hall of Famers have established themselves as a pair of the greatest quarterbacks in league history. With that in mind, Rodgers chose to finally call out Brady overs stealing one aspect of his game.
Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady continue to be ageless wonders
Throughout much of their respective careers, Brady and Rodgers have been arguably the NFL’s two best quarterbacks.
Each has strung together first-ballot Hall of Fame careers while playing at an elite level despite their age. Brady’s first campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 saw him experience tremendous success capped off by winning his seventh Super Bowl.
The 43-year-old accomplished that feat behind another remarkable season, where he finished tied for second with 40 touchdowns passes and third with 4,633 passing yards. Meanwhile, Rodgers earned his third regular-season MVP award. He finished with a career-best 48 touchdown passes to five interceptions while holding a career-high 70.7 passer rating and a 121.5 passer rating.
As the two teed off against each other on the golf course on Tuesday, Rodgers called out his colleague.
Aaron Rodgers calls out Tom Brady stealing 1 thing from him: ‘It worked’
Over the years, Rodgers and Brady have developed a strong connection through their shared admiration and respect.
It’s led to them paying particularly close attention to each other’s careers, work ethic, technique, and performance on the field. During “The Match” on Tuesday, Rodgers called out the seven-time league MVP by stating he stole a specific aspect of his game that he applied to his own.
“You stole cadence,” Rodgers quipped to Brady via BR Gridiron.
Brady immediately responded by confirming the Packers quarterback’s accusation by stating “it worked.”
The 43-year-old wasn’t afraid to admit it as it certainly helped him along in his first campaign with the Buccaneers. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Brady wanted to take all the necessary steps toward finding success with Tampa Bay.
It may be a minor change to his approach under center, but it’s one that Rodgers likely noticed right away from the fellow future Hall of Famer. If anything, it speaks to the tremendous amount of respect Brady holds toward the three-time league MVP.
Will the Packers have their star quarterback back before the 2021 season?
The playful banter aside, the lingering discussion stemming from “The Match” concerns Rodgers’ status for the 2021 season.
During Tuesday’s event, the 37-year-old sidestepped the situation, stating he didn’t know if he would return to play the Green Bay Packers’ Week 1 action of the 2021 season against the New Orleans Saints. The lack of clarity has left Green Bay in the tough spot of operating without its star quarterback.
With Rodgers out, second-year quarterback Jordan Love continues to receive snaps with the first team in training camp. The Packers are growing more comfortable with Love leading the charge if the 37-year-old isn’t back in time or at all.
Meanwhile, the front office and head coach Matt LaFleur haven’t wavered in seeing him as the future under center. Throughout the entire experience, Green Bay hasn’t ventured into considering trade scenarios for the future Hall of Famer.
The entire matter lies in Rodgers’ hands as it remains a mystery as to what will amend the fractured relationship. It could take restructuring his contract that runs through the 2023 campaign with either an extension or fully guaranteeing the remaining years.
Ultimately, Rodgers still holds a small window of time before the upcoming season, but the clock is ticking.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.