Lewis, who ranked fourth on the list, spoke passionately about the classic Brady narrative, how he didn't have the exemplary physical tools, how he was overlooked on draft day, how they forgot to check his heart, but the linebacker's admiration goes deeper.
"The game ain't hard to him," Lewis said. "It's like 'The Matrix,' where it slows down. It's poetry when you see it from that angle."
Lewis said no quarterback is better at dissecting opposing defenses at the line of scrimmage, something to keep in mind when Brady peers over his line of scrimmage Sunday.
"It's a chess match, because he understands every coverage, he understands every defense," Lewis said. "And if you give it away too early, then the game is like checkers for him."