Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers served as the backup to Hall of Fame signalcaller Brett Favre for the first three years of his career, and as Rodgers makes his own case for a plaque in Canton, Favre is pretty impressed by his successor.
"I think he, aside from the Super Bowls, may be the greatest player ever," Favre said on SiriusXM NFL Radio (at the 1:05 mark).
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Favre, who was an 11-time Pro Bowler throughout his 20 years in the league—16 of which were spent in Green Bay after a brief stint in Atlanta and before a Pro Bowl season with the New York Jets and another in two years with the Minnesota Vikings—also gave credit where it was due, noting the accomplishments of former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady:
"I say this all the time, Tom Brady is the greatest player ever if we're measuring from a Super Bowl [perspective] and statistic-wise Tom has put up tremendous statistics and has won six Super Bowls. But Aaron is ... the Packers are good year in and year out because of him, and his statistics certainly speak for themselves. He's not doing anything to jeopardize the team. I'm just amazed at how prolific he is and takes care of the ball in the process. Just an incredible player. Makes everyone around him just so much better."
In his 16th season in the league, Rodgers has been named an All-Pro twice and was also selected to the Hall of Fame's All-2010s team. He led the Packers to the Super Bowl title in 2011 after collecting a career-high in both yards (4,643) and touchdowns (45) on 343 passes with a 68.3 completion percentage.
He is the first quarterback to throw 35 touchdown passes in five different seasons as of Sunday, having also reached that feat in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and he'll be able to move that record even more out of reach in the team's remaining games against the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears.