When the Green Bay Packers selected Aaron Rodgers with the twenty-fourth overall pick in Round One of the 2005 National Football League (NFL) Draft, they were “picking a player for the future.” That’s because the team had a “living legend” taking snaps at that time. His name was, of course, Brett Favre.
So Rodgers, a 6’2” two hundred twenty-five pound graduate of the University of California signed his first professional contract and “sat on the bench” for three full years. He was patient because he knew that Favre was nearing retirement.
For its part, Green Bay was also patient. Team management believed it had selected wisely and that fans of the team would rally around the Rodgers when he finally began taking snaps.
While it was not easy for Aaron Rodgers to replace Brett Favre, he was able to take over team leadership and win fan approval almost without any “bumps in the road.” That’s because the young signal caller from Chico, California performed brilliantly almost from the first day he became the team’s starting quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers, now thirty-one years old, has made Green Bay fans forget Brett Favre by his play on the gridiron. He has been terrific for several years and is considered by many pundits to be ”the best quarterback in the NFL.”
His statistics lend credence to that belief. Rodgers led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XLV (forty-five) just five years ago and, in fact, was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in that game. He has been named to the Pro Bowl four times, beginning in 2009, the year he replaced Brett Favre behind center.
There’s more about him that is special, as well. He has been selected to the NFL All-Pro team two times, in 2011 and again in 2014 and has been selected as National Football League (NFL) Most Valuable Player in the same two years.
Rodgers’ success is based on a number of reasons. To begin, his is tall, very athletic and football-savvy. His on-field IQ is very high. Add to that the fact that he passes the ball to all areas of the field with incredible accuracy and it is easy to understand why he is so highly regarded.
In fact, a quick look at his career statistics, to date, reaffirms why Green Bay’s management and its fans are so supportive of this still-young quarterback. At this point in his career, Aaron Rodgers is the all-time leader in passing accuracy during the regular season with a rating of 106.4. He ranks third, all time, in passing accuracy in post-season play with a rating of 101.0.
Most importantly, Aaron Rodgers ranks first overall in touchdowns-to-Interceptions thrown, surpassing all of the other great quarterbacks that have ever played the game. To date, Rodgers throws 4.5 touchdowns to one interception.
It may seem hard to believe, but Aaron Rodgers, now in the prime of his career, is still improving. That’s good news for the Green Bay Packers.
Courtesy of USA Today