Tom Brady calls Aaron Rodgers ‘inspiring’ ahead of dream matchup

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lauded Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a radio interview Tuesday, calling Rodgers' play "inspiring" ahead of their matchup in Foxborough, Mass. on Sunday night.

"I think it's inspiring," Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI in Boston. "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. So it's just pretty awesome to watch."

Sunday's meeting will mark the third career matchup between Brady and Rodgers, who have 19 Pro Bowl appearances, five MVP awards and six Super Bowl titles between them. Brady threw for four touchdowns in a 35-0 win in their first meeting in 2006, then Rodgers guided the Packers to a 26-21 win over New England in 2014.

Brady said on WEEI that Rodgers, whom he considers a friend, is so impressive at the position that he even "throws some of the best incompletions I've ever seen."

Sunday's game has been billed as a matchup between two of the most accomplished quarterbacks of the past decade, if not all-time. But when asked about who he considers to be the greatest passer in NFL history, Brady laughed and demurred.

"I think it's actually a hypothetical question that is just truly impossible to answer," Brady said on WEEI. "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 just because maybe I'm an athlete and I realize it's a lot of teamwork, there's a lot of factors that go into helping your team win.

"It's hard to compare positions and eras. I think it's impossible to answer. But I think Aaron's one of the best ever to play the game. He's got every skill you need to be a great quarterback."

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