Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (right) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will square off in the NFC Championship Game. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Two of the all-time quarterbacking greats in NFL history will square off in the NFC Championship Game, and it’s clear the future Hall of Fame signal-callers hold one another in extremely high regard.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will play host to Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at Lambeau Field with a trip to Super Bowl LV hanging in the balance.

Ahead of the highly anticipated matchup, Rodgers opened up during a virtual press conference Wednesday on facing Brady, and the two-time NFL MVP (and prohibitive favorite this season) and one-time Super Bowl champion unsurprisingly showered praise on the six-time Super Bowl winner and three-time NFL MVP recipient.

“I’ve been a fan of his for a long time and enjoyed the few times we got to play,” Rodgers said, per NFL.com. “I remember when I heard the news about him coming to the NFC, I thought this was a real possibility. I’m excited about the opportunity to play against him.”

As noted, both Rodgers and Brady have long expressed respect for one another, so the former’s complimentary comments this week are consistent with what he has said about the latter in the past.

Brady and the Bucs blew out Rodgers and the Packers by a score of 38-10 at Raymond James Stadium on Oct. 18, but the general consensus has long been that such regular-season matchups matter little — at least to the participants — once the postseason kicks off.

There has long been a debate in the NFL concerning whether Brady or Rodgers deserves to be hailed as the best quarterback in the league. While the issue remains largely unsettled when it comes to pundits, analysts, fans and the like, the two signal-callers have long engaged in a mutual admiration society amid all the noise.

While Rodgers and Brady obviously will not be trying to settle any scores in the GOAT debate on Sunday, NFL fans without question are in for a treat when these two attempt to lead their respective teams to a Super Bowl berth.

This article first appeared on Sportress of Blogitude and was syndicated with permission.

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