Then New England saw its improbable unbeaten season turn to dust in the hands (and helmet) of David Tyree in Super Bowl XLII. The past, as they say, is the past.
Enter 2011. If you’ve been paying attention this season, then you’ve seen the parallel between Brady’s ‘07 campaign and that of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. To be frank, Rodgers is playing out of his mind… Brady-esque, if you will.
Through 12 weeks, Rodgers has been scary good (33 TDs, 4 INTs), and what makes him even scarier is that he remains poised, despite his team’s perfect 11-0 record and all the talk about being only the second team since the 1972 Dolphins to finish the regular season undefeated.
Rodgers has put the league on notice, and it turns out that a certain other aforementioned top 5 quarterback has been paying attention.
“The way Aaron’s playing, it’s impossible to play the quarterback position any better than he is playing it right now,” Tom Brady told Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” this week via the Boston Herald.
Praise from the mouth of a proven peer is never a bad thing. Brady continued:
“It’s so impressive when you watch a team that can string together that many victories going all the way back to last season,” Brady said. “It really tells you what the character and the make-up of the players on that team are. So them getting off to the start that they’ve gotten off to is very impressive.”
High compliments from a respected opponent who has been there and done that.
So why the praise? I ask why not? Who knows, maybe Brady sees a little bit of himself in Rodgers. Maybe he’s teasing the idea of a Packers-Patriots Super Bowl in Indiana. Maybe, like many of us, he’s a little bit inspired by the kind of year Rodgers is having. Or maybe, just maybe, he’s finding other things to talk about as the days click down to this Sunday’s mismatch against Indianapolis.
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