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Tom Brady: Aaron Rodgers would ‘throw for 7,000 yards every year’ with Patriots

Tom Brady on more than one occasion has acknowledged being a benefactor of landing with the New England Patriots organization as headed by Bill Belichick. Brady without question has carved out an unparalleled career thanks to his longstanding partnership with Belichick and the organization’s strict adherence to the “Patriot Way.”

The Patriots host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium, which is inspiring dialogue and debate this week about how Brady and Aaron Rodgers, arguably the top two quarterbacks currently in the NFL and among the greatest signal-callers of all-time, measure up to one another.

In an interesting piece laying out some hypotheticals involving the careers of Brady and Rodgers, ESPN’s Ian O’Connor muses a “What If” scenario in which Rodgers, not Brady, was the Patriots’ longtime franchise quarterback.

Brady of course boasts five Super Bowl rings. Meanwhile, Rodgers, despite the general consensus being he is the superior quarterback in terms of talent and athleticism when compared to Brady, only has one championship.

Interestingly, Brady, who said this week that Rodgers inspires him to be a better player, evidently stated at some point in the last few years that the Packers gunslinger would have been lethal in the Patriots’ system.

Rodgers, the 34-year-old one-time champ, is more physically gifted than Brady, the 41-year-old five-time champ, and nobody in Tom Terrific’s household would bother debating that. In a conversation with an NFL coach within the past few seasons, Brady said that if Rodgers had the Patriots’ offensive system and exhaustive knowledge of opposing defenses, “He’d throw for 7,000 yards every year. He’s so much more talented than me.”

When it comes down to it, the Brady-Rodgers debate, while intriguing, is simply an entertaining exercise. Both quarterbacks obviously have enjoyed long, outstanding careers. Determining which one is the superior quarterback, though, proves to be an extremely difficult challenge, as the outcome can change depending on what metric or metrics are implemented.