If Aaron Rodgers "owns" the Chicago Bears, then Tom Brady has about half the league in his investment portfolio.
On the latest episode of SiriusXM's "Let's Go!" podcast with host Jim Gray, Brady had a little fun with the viral clip of Rodgers telling Bears fans "I still own you!" after scoring a touchdown in the Green Bay Packers victory in Chicago last weekend.
"I wanted to say congrats to Aaron Rodgers," said Brady, whose Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Bears this Sunday. "Obviously I know he's a great quarterback, but I guess he's now a shareholder of the Bears.
"... I saw a clip of him really enthusiastically telling the crowd how happy he is to own Soldier Field. And that's really great stuff. He owns the (Milwaukee) Bucks now, part owner of Soldier Field. So, he's got a great career beyond football."
Rodgers boasts a 21-5 career record against the NFC North rival Bears, so he has good reason to gloat. But Brady certainly can make a similar boast about, say, the Buffalo Bills, who went 3-32 against the Patriots during Brady's tenure in New England.
When asked if he'd staked his claim on Western New York, though, Brady pleaded the fifth.
"No, not yet," Brady told Gray. "I want to settle for a few things less than that. I'm cool with owning just a few lucky autographs. That's what I'm the owner of."
Brady sounded even less interested in claiming ownership of the New York Jets, whom he beat 30 times in 38 tries with the Patriots.
"Oh, no," Brady responded quickly. "I'll just take the color green. I don't need the Jets. I'll just own the color green. I think that's a little bit better."
Brady seems to have more disdain for the Jets than the Bills -- that 2010 playoff loss surely didn't sit well with him -- and he's taken some shots at New York in the past, so his reluctance to even be associated with Gang Green checks out.
The 44-year-old will face both teams later this season as a member of Bucs -- Buffalo in Week 14 and the Jets in Week 17 -- so we'll find out soon if his dominance of the AFC East continues in Tampa Bay.