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Aaron Rodgers stands up for Tom Brady and quarterbacks everywhere

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Rodgers, who has a well-known penchant for overinflated footballs, offered his support for Brady and the NFL quarterback brotherhood Thursday night.

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Aaron Rodgers offered his two cents on the seemingly never-ending DeflateGate saga after the Packers' victory over the Patriots Thursday night. Though Rodgers didn't say whether he thinks Brady is innocent of the ball deflation charges, he did express support for his fellow future Hall of Famer.

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"Tom's a buddy, and he's going through some stuff right now," said Rodgers. "I'm sure we'll have resolution here pretty soon. ... I don't know enough about it to make any comment on [DeflateGate]. But Tom's a buddy, and I'd like to see it get figured out before the season.

"There's only 32 of us," said Rodgers. "[There are] a lot of expectations. A lot of adversity. We also have a great opportunity and platform to make a difference. I think you realize how difficult it is to play the position, the stuff you deal with every single day. You wear a lot of hats, as a leader, as an encourager. As a supporter. As a cheerleader. Disciplinarian. You lead from a lot of different vantage points. It's also really thrilling. You know what those guys are going through and it's fun to get to know some of the guys."

Rodgers has played somewhat of a supporting role throughout this whole ordeal. In late January, he talked about how most quarterbacks -- including him -- like the balls to actually be overinflated.

"The majority of quarterbacks, I would say more than half, are maybe on the other end of the spectrum and like it on the flatter side," said Rodgers. ""My belief is that there should be a minimum air-pressure requirement but not a maximum. There's no advantage, in my opinion -- we're not kicking the football -- there's no advantage in having a pumped-up football."

CBS commentators Jim Nantz and Phil Simms had a discussion during the Patriots and Packers game Nov. 30 about how Rodgers likes to try to sneak overinflated footballs past the officials prior to each game.

Nantz: We talked to Rodgers about "How do you like your football?" because you know, you can rub them up before the game, this is something you really kind of created this for everyone else in the league.
Simms: I don’t know if I did, because the quarterbacks got tired of complaining. But he said something that was unique. "I like to push the limits to how much air we can put in the football – even go over what they allow you to do. See if the officials take air out of it."

Brady's attorney Jeffrey Kessler actually brought up Rodgers' penchant for overinflated balls during Brady's appealing hearing in June, and asked why the NFL hasn't investigated him.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent said the league hasn't looked into Rodgers because it was a "post-game comment and there is no need for us to react or overreact."

Buccaneers QB Brad Johnson has also fessed up to his own ball tampering scheme over the last several months, as he admitted he paid $7,500 to have footballs altered prior to Super Bowl XXXVII.

If mere accusations against Brady brought Mark Brunell to tears, just imagine how he probably handled Johnson's concession:

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