Darren Woodson: Aaron Rodgers couldn't play for Bill Belichick as long as Tom Brady has


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had one head coach his entire NFL career, and that's rarely the case for someone who's played nearly two decades.

Bill Belichick and Brady are the best head coach/QB duo in league history, and their success is undeniable: five Super Bowl titles and eight AFC championships in 18 years together.

Playing for Belichick is not easy, though, and Brady, despite being as competitive as any legendary athlete, has not let his ego destroy the sport's most impressive dynasty. 

Former Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson doesn't think Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, an all-time player in his own right, would have been able to co-exist with Belichick as long as Brady has.

"When the Patriots played the Green Bay Packers, people were saying that if Aaron Rodgers played for Bill Belichick, he'd have five, six, seven Super Bowl rings," Woodson told Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report. There's something to be said about the mental toughness. Physically, yeah, there's better quarterbacks in this league than Tom Brady. Physically, that can make the throws, throw off-platform, throw the ball 100 miles and are probably more accurate. But the mental toughness that he plays with—that's where he separates himself from everyone.

"The ability to go out week in and week out, under pressure, play at that level, play in that many AFC Championship Games, play a full schedule of 19, 20 games and then come back the next year and play another 20 games—under the toughest, most grind-it-out coach in the history of the game—in Bill Belichick, no one can do that. That speaks to who he is. No way is Aaron Rodgers going to deal with Bill Belichick for that amount of time without his ego popping up. Brady's special in the fact that it's not about him, man. That's why I feel like he'd be the ultimate teammate. Tedy Bruschi would tell you in a heartbeat, he's a great teammate because there's not a selfish bone in his body. It's about winning—at all costs—and that means everybody's on board."

It's been reported that Rodgers and recently fired Packers head coach Mike McCarthy didn't have the best relationship (at least at the end), and they spent all but Rodgers' rookie campaign together. It's not like the Brady/Belichick relationship has been perfect for almost 20 years, but nothing has gotten in the way of the team being incredibly successful for a historic amount of time. 

If the Pats win Sunday they will secure a 16th consecutive season of 10 or more wins, tying the record the San Francisco 49ers set from 1983 through 1998. 

It's impossible to accomplish that level of success without checking some, or most of your ego at the door. Would Rodgers have been able to do that with Belichick? It's fair to say he wouldn't. 

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