Who's The Better Teammate: Tom Brady Or Aaron Rodgers?

Martellus Bennett, who played for the Patriots and Packers, spoke from experience on this one

Tiki and Tierney
October 30, 2019 - 5:36 pm
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Few people can claim that they’ve caught passes from both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, but Martellus Bennett is one of them. The former Pro Bowl tight end played for the Patriots in 2016 and the Packers in 2017, at least for a few games, before winding up back in New England.

So, we’ve got Brady, and we’ve got Rodgers. Which one was the better teammate?

“They’re both great teammates,” Bennett said on Tiki & Tierney. “Here’s the difference between the two: Aaron Rodgers shows up great, and he expects you to be great. He expects you to be where he is. Tom Brady shows up and he helps you become great. That’s the difference in the two. Tom can find the greatness within you and he’ll bring that out so that he can succeed and meet you where you are. Tom is better at meeting people where they are. Aaron is more like ‘Hey, come up here.’”

Rodgers, 35, was drafted 24th overall in 2005. Brady, 42, was drafted 199th overall in 2000. In other words, one player, Rodgers, was expected to be great; the other player, Brady, not so much.

“I just think it’s a personality trait,” Bennett said. “I think Brady is a guy who is not as talented as the people around him, so I think he sees himself in a lot of people trying to become great. He knows that he’s not supposed to be great. No one ever thought he was great. So he sees greatness in other people that he feels like other people never saw in him, while Aaron Rodgers has always been great.”

Perhaps that’s why Brady has gotten the most out of unheralded and undersized wide receivers such as Wes Welker and Julian Edelman.

“I just think it’s a personality thing,” said Bennett, who won Super Bowl LI with the Patriots. “Tom has a soft spot for people that are underdogs because he’s an underdog, so when he sees an underdog, he wants to make sure that they can stick it to the people, too.”

Click below to hear Bennett’s thoughts on other topics, including whether Dak Prescott can lead the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl, as well as the Dos Equis College Football Football College Bowl Game.