Rodgers: Flacco deserves more respect

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco and Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers do have a shared path when it comes to being championship quarterbacks.

Both were drafted in the bottom half of the first round. Both earned Super Bowl MVP honors after throwing three touchdowns to win the title. And both signed two of the biggest contracts in NFL history within a span of two months.

The quarterbacks have met a few times and share a mutual respect for one another.

"I think he's a great player," Rodgers said in a conference call with reporters. "I enjoy watching him throw when we're watching film of a team that we're playing and it's the Ravens' offense. He does a number of things really, really well, and he's a Super Bowl champ. So, you've got to give him the respect ... He's had my respect, but I think people in general need to give him the respect he deserves as a Super Bowl MVP."

After Rodgers had won the Super Bowl, he followed that up with his best season in the NFL. He threw for 4,643 yards with 45 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Flacco hasn't had that type of success so far as the defending Super Bowl champions have battled injuries at wide receiver and struggles on the offensive line. In five games, Flacco has thrown for 1,360 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions.

"He's an athletic guy, he's got a good arm," Flacco said of Rodgers. "When you couple those two -- being an accurate passer and being an athletic guy who's able to move around a little bit, not a ton -- but he creates some plays here and there. They've obviously been a top offense in the league for the past few years, and that's a big credit to him."

Flacco and Rodgers have parlayed their championship success into more national spotlight. Rodgers is pitchman for State Farm Insurance with his popular "Discount Double-Check" commercials, and Flacco is currently on television with his McDonalds spots.

"I can definitely watch his commercials; I can't watch mine," Flacco said. "So yeah, I like his better."