NFL: Tom Brady Takes Not-So-Subtle Jab at Aaron Rodgers Over Controversial NFC Championship Moment

by John Jamison

The next installment of “The Match” is shaping up to be the most entertaining yet. Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson, Aaron Rodgers, and Bryson DeChambeau are set to tee off on July 6. And the trash talk between the NFL stars is only accelerating.

Remember back in May when defending NFL Champion Tom Brady called Bryson and Aaron a “scientist and a ‘Jeopardy!’ host?” Well, he’s back at it today with a way more targeted approach. And as the most accomplished NFL quarterback of all time, he’s no stranger to playing mind games with his opponents.

It all started with that fateful day in January when Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay packing in the NFC Championship Game. It was a painful game to watch. So one can imagine how Rodgers himself felt when the Packers opted for a field goal with two minutes left instead of letting him, the NFL MVP, go for it and try to tie the game.

Green Bay never got the ball back. Tom Brady closed the game out and went on to win yet another Super Bowl. It’s no wonder that Aaron Rodgers has voiced some frustration with Green Bay this off-season. It’s even less of a surprise that Tom Brady is using the game as fuel for his upcoming golf showdown with the rival QB.

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In a video uploaded to the Bleacher Report YouTube channel today, all four of the competitors in the upcoming match had a chance to talk face to face via webcam. Tom Brady chose his words very carefully, making sure to use the phrase “go for it” at every turn.

“I do think you have a partner that would probably have liked to go for it a little more often than he has in the past,” Brady told DeChambeau with a wry smile on his face. So, Bryson, I’m glad you’re encouraging him to kind of go for it when it’s on the line rather than, you know, just not getting to the fairway or something like that and try to play for the next shot,” Tom Brady said.

Brady could hardly contain his smile. And Aaron, the professional that he is, handled the callback to the NFC Championship with grace.

“I usually don’t get the option [to go for it] in my experience,” Aaron Rodgers responded.

It’s not like Rodgers had the chance to go for it and failed. It was out of his control, after all. And believe it or not, Tom Brady could relate to that experience.

“I know the pain,” Brady chuckled back.

In the end, everyone seemed to be on good, sportsmanlike, competitive terms.