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Tom Brady: Aaron Rodgers ‘one of my favorite guys to watch’

There has long been a debate in the NFL concerning whether Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers deserves to be hailed as the best quarterback in the league. While the issue remains largely unsettled when it comes to pundits, analysts, fans and the like, the two signal-callers continue to engage in a mutual admiration society amid all the noise.

Brady was the most recent of the two NFL icons to lavish praise upon the other. During his appearance with Jim Gray during Westwood One’s coverage of the Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions showdown on “Monday Night Football,” Brady made it clear that he’s a huge fan of Rodgers.

“I love (Rodgers’) style of play,” Brady told Gray ahead of the Packers-Lions game at Lambeau Field, as transcribed by NBC Sports Boston. “Obviously he’s an incredible passer, but how he manipulates the pocket and how he buys time in order to get his receivers open, he just does a great job of that.

He throws incredibly efficiently, and he’s probably No. 1 or 2 all time in terms of QB rating and his efficiency as a quarterback. He throws for a high yards per attempt. He has an incredible touchdown-to-interception ratio. He makes great decisions with the football, and he always gives his team a chance to win. He’s one of my favorite guys to watch, and I’ll obviously be watching (Monday night).”

As noted, both Brady and Rodgers have long expressed admiration and respect for one another, so the former’s complimentary comments Monday night are consistent with what he has said about the latter in the past, and vice versa.

Rodgers and Brady obviously are among the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game, if not the two greatest. Brady without question has an enormous edge in championships, while Rodgers arguably has the superior overall talent and skill set. The ongoing debate will never be settled, but it’s plainly evident the two hold each other in high regard.