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Tom Brady: Aaron Rodgers inspires him to be a better quarterback

Tom Brady got the anticipated mutual admiration society kicked off by paying Aaron Rodgers a huge compliment ahead of Sunday’s showdown between the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, saying his longtime pal inspires him to be a better player.

“I know Aaron pretty well. We have been friends for a long time,” Brady said Tuesday morning during his weekly appearance on WEEI radio. “I have always known about him. He went to Cal and grew up in the Bay Area. Then with the Packers behind Brett [Favre]. He came in when Brett got hurt up there one time.

“What he’s done as a quarterback, I think it is is inspiring, 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 the way he manages himself in the pocket and his ability to throw the football is unlikely anyone probably in the history of the league. It’s pretty awesome to watch.”

There has long been a debate on whether Brady or Rodgers should sit atop the throne as the league’s best quarterback. Brady not surprisingly downplayed that discussion, not to mention whether or not either of them should be heralded as the best QB of all-time.

“I think it’s a hypothetical question that is truly impossible to answer,” Brady said.

Given the extremely positive things that both Brady and Rodgers have said about the other — not to mention how the latter actually was inspired to alter his diet by the former — expect the two quarterbacks to sing the praises of the other early and often leading in to Sunday’s game. There is of course no shortage of compliments the two superstars can pay one another.

Once the week’s accolades are all said and done, fans undoubtedly are in for a treat when the two of the greatest signal-callers in NFL history ever square off in a nationally televised game on “Sunday Night Football.”