‘I’ve Been a Fan of His for Long’- Aaron Rodgers Relishes the Opportunity of Playing Against Tom Brady for the NFC Title

Published 01/21/2021, 10:28 AM EST
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


Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have played each other only 3 times in the past. This Sunday, it’ll be there first time the two take to the field with the pressures of the Playoffs weighing on their shoulders. And Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is already looking forward to what is to be the battle of the GOATs.

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Aaron Rodgers admires Tom Brady’s legacy

Talking to the media, Aaron Rodgers tipped his hat to his rival quarterback ahead of their game on Sunday. Brady, a future Hall of Famer, with 6 Super Bowl wins to his name, is chasing an unprecedented 7th ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.

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And Rodgers said that the legacy of Tom Brady has hooked him in as a fan as well.

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Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs the ball against Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David (54) during the third quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“Obviously, Tom has had an amazing career. His legacy is one of so many wins and so many accomplishments. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time. Enjoyed the few times we’ve gotten to play,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers even said that he had envisioned this match up as soon as he heard that Brady was heading to the NFC.

“I remember when I heard the news about him coming to the NFC, I thought this was a real possibility. And I’m excited about the opportunity to play against him again.” 

Yet another special moment for Rodgers

Rodgers admitted that he grew up with the same dream, much like every other football player. To become a pro and play in the Super Bowl. Now just one step away from reliving his fantasy for a second time, Rodgers reminisced about his career so far.

“As a kid you dream about playing in Super Bowls, playing in big games. What it would feel like, to get the opportunity to play Division One Football was a huge dream of mine,” Rodgers said.

“I remember the first moment I stepped on that field as a starter. It’s a special, special feeling. And it’s the same feeling you get when you step on the field at the start of your NFL career.”

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers running back Aaron Jones celebrate following an early third quarter touchdown against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: William Glasheen/Appleton Post-Crescsent-USA TODAY NETWORK

Rodgers said that the next matchup is one that goes right up there in the list of special moments in his career.

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“When you take your first snap as playoff quarterback, getting the Super Bowl, the first time, lot of special moments. This is just another one of those special moments in my career,” he added.  

With Rodgers enjoying a renaissance of sorts, his Packers will take to Lambeau Field, confident of taking their quarterback to his second-ever Super Bowl.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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