It is difficult to gauge what keeps New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady motivated to play at such a high level at this point in his career. It appears the performance of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers certainly helps.

There has been plenty of hype surrounding their showdown on Sunday night. Brady admitted during an appearance on WEEI that Rodgers’ play this season is inspiring:

“I think it’s inspiring,” Brady said. “Even for me, I watch his game and it makes me want to get out there and practice and improve, because I think he’s so phenomenal with how he manages himself in the pocket. His ability to throw the football is unlike anyone in probably the history of the league. It’s pretty awesome to watch.”

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It is not often a player holds another competitor in such high regard. However, it is certainly understandable in this case. Brady and Rodgers are widely considered the best quarterbacks in football and for good reason. It appears there is also a level of mutual respect between the two.

Brady has, in many ways, set the precedent for the new era of quarterbacks. The fact that he is coming off an MVP year in his forties has set the benchmark for his position. This is why teams such as the Packers and New Orleans Saints have been willing to invest in their aging quarterbacks.

Regardless, it is no secret that Rodgers has been the superior player in the 2018 NFL season. Unfortunately, forces outside of his control have led to Green Bay falling vastly short of expectations. Meanwhile, Brady and the Patriots have started to pick up some steam entering the second half of the season. Regardless, it will be interesting to see if their Sunday night showdown fits the billing as a battle between two of arguably the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.