Tom Brady has backed Aaron Rodgers to 'have a great year' with the New York Jets, claiming his old quarterback rival's
departure from the Green Bay Packers after 18 seasons will give him 'different energy' ahead of the upcoming NFL season.
Appearing on Monday's episode of SiriusXM's Lets Go! podcast, Brady was asked his thoughts on the move, considering that he changed clubs so late in his career too.
Rodgers moved to New York at the age of 39, while Brady was 32 when he left the New England Patriots after 20 seasons to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
'Well, it's just there's a different energy about it. It's a newness,' said Brady. 'It's a fresh start to try to take where you've been,
to bring all the good and then not to bring the tough lessons, you know? Because sometimes the tough lessons always remain unless you work through 'em, you know?
'So it's like you go through a lot of years at one place and there's a lot of, I would say, mental scar tissue, from losses or relationships or certain experiences.
Oh, this guy had said this once, or that teammate, or this coach or that general manager.
'Now you go to a new place and you have none of that. So now you can just hopefully bring your best knowing that you probably didn't do everything right where you were,
but you tried your best. And now you get to go to a new place with a different type of emotional energy. And I'm excited for him. He'll be invigorated.'
Brady added that Rodgers seems to be enjoying life in New York since moving to the Big Apple in April and thinks it'll contribute to the Jets' form early on in the season.
'Looks like he's having a good time up to this year,' said the seven-time Super Bowl winner.
'I know he has been engaged in the offseason, which is always great, and really trying to connect with his teammates. So I'm excited to see what he does.
'They have a really good team. They have a really good offense. And, you know, Aaron's been, when he's got good receivers, man, it's pretty dangerous.
'I think he's gonna have a great year.' Rodgers, who was spotted at the US Open over Labor Day weekend,
has been given the task to end the NFL's longest active playoff drought at 12 consecutive seasons this year. Yet there's talk about this year's squad being a Super Bowl contender.