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Is Aaron Rodgers the greatest quarterback of all time?
According to Rodgers, that honor belongs to Tom Brady.
“He’s got five championships,” Rodgers told reporters Wednesday. “I think that ends most discussions.”
The Packers travel to New England on Sunday to play Brady and the Patriots in what could be the final career meeting between the two, barring a Super Bowl matchup.
Brady and Rodgers have gone head-to-head only once before. Rodgers threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 26-21 victory in 2014, while Brady threw for 245 yards and two scores. Rodgers missed their Packers’ game against the Patriots in 2010 with a concussion.
Brady sidestepped the GOAT question when asked during his radio appearance on WEEI this week.
“I think it’s a hypothetical question that is truly impossible to answer. 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.
“I think there is a lot of other guys who are playing today that are phenomenal—Ben Roethlisberger, I think he is an incredible player. What Drew Brees has done, and I am just talking players who are playing. I mean Peyton Manning, I don’t think there was anyone who commanded the position better than Peyton what he did from Indy to Denver. That was spectacular. I got a chance to play against Brett Favre and I saw Steve Young last night and Joe Montana is a guy I have always looked up to.”
NBC has been hyping up the Brady-Rodgers matchup by asking the GOAT question. Even Michael Jordan got into the mix.
Rodgers is perhaps the most physically gifted quarterback ever to play the sport, but he lacks Brady’s unparalleled postseason resume. Given his combination of counting stats and playoff brilliance, Brady has become almost the unassailable choice for GOAT.