At 44, Tom Brady led the NFL in passing yards in 2021. This was outrageous because of his age and the competition across the league. He continued to outclass rivals like Rodgers, Josh Allen, and Patrick Mahomes. It was staggering because he was so consistent. Furthermore, he was breaking records in every game he played. The Bucs faced the Buffalo Bills in December 2021 (via Bleacher Report).
This game saw a couple of special moments. Brady broke the record for the most touchdown passes ever. But he also shattered Drew Brees’ record for the most completed passes in history. Brady required 18 passes to break Brees’ landmark before this game. He duly went on a roll and hit his 7143 completion in the second quarter. Rodgers has a long way to go before he comes close to this number.
Tom Brady turned 44 years old in 2021. That number is staggering because of his brilliance on the field. His numbers continued to improve despite his age. Most athletes decline physically in their late thirties. But Brady is an outlier. He’s played better than he when he was in his twenties. Insanely, many regarded him as the top active quarterback in the league in December of that year.
He was the oldest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl in history in 2020. This came during Rodgers’ third MVP season. The Green Bay star was also a veteran at 38. But Brady’s consistency so late into his forties was ludicrous. It helps that he was never the fastest player or had the strongest arm. He played consistently to his strengths and did the little things right (via Slate.com).
Rodgers was an uncontroversial figure for the majority of his career, then everything changed overnight. He suddenly demanded to leave Green Bay because he wanted to return to California. Furthermore, there was a vaccine controversy that tarnished him in the eyes of neutrals (via Medium.com). Brady successfully left the Patriots without burning bridges. His relationship with Bill Belichick was icy but publicly respectful.
New England fans felt devastated but there was no sense of betrayal. No doubt he’ll retire in the future as a Patriots star. The difference between Rodgers and Brady in this scenario is staggering. Rodgers didn’t consider his legacy when he pushed for the trade. Brady actually won more fan respect after his move because he was away from the hated Patriots. It’s another area where he continues to outclass Rodgers.
In 2021, Tampa defeated the Buffalo Bills as they continued their Super Bowl defense. After the game, Brady received a lot of praise because he broke some incredible records. Firstly, he broke the all-time completions record. Then, he achieved his 700th career touchdown pass. This was a remarkable personal accolade because it was the first time in NFL history (via Sportskeeda).
It helps that Brady had great receivers but it still shows remarkable consistency. Furthermore, it required incredible longevity. Meanwhile, Rodgers had 484 in a shorter period. There is the possibility that he will break 700 touchdown passes one day. However, Brady is the one who set the record first. He continues to pave the way and outclass all of the competition.
Some analysts think it’s unfair to compare Brady’s Super Bowl record to Rodgers. The latter only has one ring after beating the Steelers in 2010. However, Mike McCarthy arguably wasted some of the best years of Rodgers’ career. They failed to build on their success. Meanwhile, Bill Belichick built a ruthless winning machine. Brady won six of his eight Super Bowl appearances with the team.
He then claimed a seventh ring with the Buccaneers. This was an incredible achievement because it meant he had more rings than any franchise. The Patriots and the Steelers have six each to their name. This also meant that Brady broke his own record. He’ll always outclass Rodgers in this category. Charles Hayley is the individual with the second-most rings with five. He starred for the Niners and Cowboys throughout the 1990s (via AS Sports).