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Bedard: Having covered both Rodgers and Brady, there’s a clear No. 1

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As most of you know, in the past 11 seasons, I've had the great fortune to cover both Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady up close and personal. I think I'm the only person who can say that.

Hey, if you covered the Dolphins post-Dan Marino, you'd be owed some good NFL QB karma, too.

I covered Rodgers from 2007-10: his final season as Brett Favre's backup, and then Rodgers' first two-plus seasons a starter. Brady I've seen since the middle of 2010.

I've seen both win Super Bowls. Rodgers in Dallas in the 2010 season. Brady in Glendale (2014) and Houston (2016). I've studied both closely. I've had conversations with both over the years.

There's been a lot of talk this week about which player is more accomplished (no contest, Brady), more talented (no contest, Rodgers) and which player is the best.

The latter basically comes down to what timeframe we're talking about it. If it's which one you'd draft today to start your team, it would obviously be Rodgers because he's seven years younger.

The essential question, in my mind, is: if you could only pick one for this season, which quarterback would it be?