Are Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady Friends? A Look at Their Complex Relationship

Published 07/12/2021, 5:07 PM EDT
Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (right) greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (left) after a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


43-year old NFL quarterback Tom Brady seems to be ageing like fine wine. The 3-time NFL MVP led Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl LV title earlier this year with a comprehensive win over reigning champions, Kansas City Chiefs.

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In doing so, the Bucs became the first team in NFL history to lift the Lombardi Trophy on home soil in front of a privileged set of fans. This was Brady’s 7th Championship win, his first away from the New England Patriots where he spent 20 years of his career.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signals after winning Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

But another veteran quarterback who silenced critics last season was Green Bay Packers star, Aaron Rodgers. The 37-year old led his team to the NFC Championship game only to suffer defeat at the hands of Brady and the Bucs.

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However, it was A-Rod who was adjudged regular season MVP after throwing for 4,299 passing yards, with 48 passing touchdowns. This was his third MVP title, equalling the tally held by Brady at present.

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Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady – A tale of two quarterbacks

While Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady share an enticing rivalry on the football field, they remain close friends off it. The pair were recently seen together competing in The Match 2021. Aaron Rodgers & Bryson DeChambeau went up against Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson for a noble cause. Once again, Brady and his partner failed to pull off a win as DeChambeau and Rodgers walked away with a clean win.

However, in the past, Rodgers admitted that Brady and he shared a ‘close’ relationship. The Packers quarterback even used the TB12 diet plan from Brady’s book in order to maintain his fitness levels despite being on the wrong side of 30.

“I do my own reading, and Adam’s been a fantastic resource, and obviously Tom and I are close. We’ve talked about the stuff he does. I don’t swear off nightshades like he does. But I had a lot of room to grow in that area. I love sweets and food in general, so being smart about what I was eating tied to my performance,” Rodgers said in the interview.

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Arguably, these two stalwarts are the best quarterbacks to ever set foot in the NFL. They share 8 Super Bowl titles, 6 MVP wins amongst them.

In addition to that, they are part of the oldest active quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL. However, if things continue the way they are, we see them sticking around for a few more years.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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