Aaron Rodgers: 2007 Tom Brady was unbelievable, I watched his every snap
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said in 2007 he watched every snap Tom Brady took as he was absolutely impressed by the year the seven-time Super Bowl champion had. In 2007, Brady completed 50 touchdown passes and led the New England Patriots to a perfect regular season record.
Rodgers, who later went on to become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, watched Brady and analyzed his routines. "In 2007 I watched every snap that this guy took," Rodgers said while referencing Brady (who was seated to his left) during a roundtable conversation with TNT's Ernie Johnson.
"He was unbelievable that year." At the time, Rodgers wanted to improve his presence in the pocket and he thought watching Brady could help. "I didn't have the pocket presence as a young player," Rodgers said. "His ability to made subtle movements in the pocket was something that I just had to add to my game."
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Rodgers spent his first three years in the NFL backing up the great Brett Favre.
Reflecting on that, Rodgers said he was closely following Favre's every move as he wanted to learn as much as he could from the Packers legend. "I was in his hip pocket all the time," Rodgers said. "I was standing behind him in the huddle sometimes, listening to what he was saying before the start of a period.
I was sitting in meetings with him, [taking] a ton of notes. I was watching hours of film on Mondays and Tuesdays trying to give him a little advantage for the week if I saw something that might help him in a game. I would print out this reports every week.
It had all the DB's we were playing and the catches that were against them and the little things I saw on film. I always joked that he just toss them in the bin on the way out. But for me it was the best thing to learn to prepare for a game."