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Lack of true rivalry hasn’t prevented strong kinship between Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, Buccaneers’ Tom Brady

GREEN BAY, Wis. — They spent most of their careers in homes located across the NFL. This is not Tom Brady against Peyton Manning. It isn’t even Tom Brady against Eli Manning.

Outside of a Super Bowl matchup long dreamt but never realized, Brady and Aaron Rodgers shared the field too infrequently to forge a rivalry.

That never kept the two future first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famers from being the center of all-time quarterback conversations for the past decade. Brady and Rodgers have been the face of the NFL through different conferences, different play styles, even different legacies. One quarterback brought the game to its zenith, uncorking ridiculous throw after ridiculous throw and winning four MVPs. The other won more Super Bowl rings than any single team in league history.

When two icons play at this level, this long, people can’t help but go there.

“All you’ve got to do is look at, number one, their ability to win games, to lead teams,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “Certainly, Tom has won a ton of Super Bowls, and you look at the talent of both those guys, it’s not surprising why they’re referred to as two of the greatest ever. I think they’re both great competitors. There’s a lot of similarities in that regard.”

In time, Rodgers said, a “friendship” formed between him and Brady. They are both Kentucky Derby enthusiasts, and for several years they would bring their own groups to Churchill Downs, sitting at adjoining tables. They’ve both participated in The Match, a charity golf tournament in June. Rodgers and Brady teamed to beat Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen in this year’s rendition.

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Tom Brady shakes hands with Aaron Rodgers after the Buccaneers defeated the Packers on Oct. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

Two great competitors, indeed.

The pair aren’t entirely distant during the football…


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