New England Patriots: Aaron Rodgers

Brady, Rodgers convene at Kentucky Derby

May, 3, 2014
In what has seemingly become a rite of spring for Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback attended the Kentucky Derby.

Brady, who took in the race festivities Saturday at Churchill Downs along with friends and teammates, also spent some time chatting with fellow California native and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was born in Chico and played college football at Cal.

There was no word on whether the respective Super Bowl champions and Golden State natives cashed in on California Chrome's Derby win.

Brady makes gains in MVP hunt

October, 31, 2012
After a scintillating Week 8 performance against the Rams that earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has catapulted up ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando's MVP Watch list.

Brady now checks in at third, trailing only Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Entering Week 8, Sando had Brady in the sixth slot, but his strong Week 8 performance pushed him ahead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

The 35-year-old Brady leads all quarterbacks with 2,408 yards passing and has thrown a league-low three interceptions (among quarterbacks who have started each of their team's games). He's in the top 10 of a number of major statistical categories, and the Patriots are atop the NFL in both points scored and yards per game.

Brady has twice won the award previously, both in 2007 and 2010. Peyton Manning, who is in his first season with the Broncos, is the only player in NFL history to win the award four times. The two squared off head-to-head earlier this season, with Brady and the Patriots securing a 31-21 victory.

To view the entire list, click HERE.

Video: Will Rodgers play vs. Patriots?

December, 13, 2010

In the video above, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter discusses how the Packers will determine whether Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who suffered his second concussion of the season on Sunday, will play against the Patriots in their upcoming Sunday night matchup.

"The Packers are going to put him through all the battery of tests this week before he's cleared to play again,” Schefter says. “They play in New England on Sunday. You have to wonder whether Aaron Rodgers is going to be out there.

“If he gets cleared they’ll put him out there. But at some point maybe it’s best to pull back, let him rest, let him heal, make sure he’s fully healthy -- which they will do anyway -- before he gets the chance to play again.”

If Rodgers can’t play, would the Packers try to sign a quarterback or will they go with backup Matt Flynn, who was 15 of 26 for 177 yards and an interception in a loss to the Lions, on Sunday night against the Patriots?

“There’s not a lot teams can do right now,” Schefter says. “Matt Flynn is the starting quarterback [if Rodgers can’t go].”

This will be one to follow for the Patriots this week. The Packers are obviously a much different team without Rodgers, as demonstrated in their 7-3 loss to the Lions on Sunday.