Rodgers was sidelined with a concussion back in 2010, which delayed his first career showdown with Brady. Finally, the two superstars met at Lambeau Field in 2014 - a 26-21 Packers victory.
This Sunday, Rodgers will play his first regular season game at Foxborough, as the Packers try to rebound from a crushing loss to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams. New England will shoot for its sixth straight win.
Even though Brady (five Super Bowls, three MVPs), has more accomplishments on his resume, the Patriots icon admitted that he looks up to Rodgers for inspiration, trying to become a better player.
"I think it's inspiring," Brady said on WEEI, via ESPN's Mike Reiss. "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. It's pretty awesome to watch."
Brady also believes that Rodgers is a better quarterback than he is, so the praise has always been high from TB12's end. There's a great debate as to who the better quarterback is among fans and pundits, with strong reasons for each.
Some like to point out that Brady owns a handful of impressive records and has the most Super Bowl rings among quarterbacks with five. Others note that Rodgers is simply the more complete and talented QB, owning the best touchdown/interception radio in NFL history while carrying some otherwise mediocre Green Bay teams on his back.
But those debates are all for another day. Right now, the focus is simply on watching these two great quarterbacks clash for perhaps the final time. Brady is 41 years of age, and unless the Packers and Patriots play in the Super Bowl soon, they wouldn't play again until the 2022 season. Brady will be 45 by then, and most likely out of the NFL.
So put aside the "Who's better" debates and simply enjoy watching these two icons go head to head for perhaps the final time.