It's easy to forget now, but Aaron Rodgers spent the first three years of his NFL career watching from sidelines. He learned under one of the most celebrated quarterbacks to ever play: Brett Favre. Now, Favre says he believes Rodgers has done enough to go down as one of the five best NFL players in history.

Fresh on the heels of Rodgers signing a gargantuan contract extension with the Packers—four years, $134 million—Favre participated in an interview with TMZ Sports

"We were actually talking about how much of this contract he was going to give to me," Favre joked.

He sung the praises of his former backup, who is now the highest-paid player in NFL history.

"I think when it's all said and done, he's a top 5 player, all time—regardless of position," Favre said. "Quite frankly, he could be there right now."

Rodgers is a two-time league MVP (in 2011 and 2014), and he led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory in the 2010-11 season. Favre won three MVPs (1995-97), qualified for 11 Pro Bowls, and also won a Super Bowl ring with the Packers. Their resumes are comparable.

"He made a comment while he was here, 'Hey, I'm just trying to fill your shoes,'" Favre told TMZ. "I said, 'I appreciate that, but you've kind of paved your own way and continue to pave it.'"

Green Bay has been #blessed with unbelievable quarterback play since the early 1990s. It's good to see the two all-time great signal-callers are still buddies.