Favre Who? An Aaron Rodgers Love Story
Favre who? That’s right, I’m ready to say it. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m one of the biggest Favre supporters. As a Packer fan who never lived outside of New York, I had to travel to see Favre play. I’ve gone to games in Baltimore, Philly, and Chicago and a Jets game when Favre played for them. Even when Favre switched teams, I rooted for the Jets and Vikings almost as hard as the Packers. I was in class when I saw that he announced his retirement (the first time) and I just cried right in the middle of class. And yet, 4 seasons after he last played for the Packers, and 1 after he stopped playing all together, I’m over it. The only reason for this sudden change is Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers is on his way to a possible MVP season. He’s in his 4th year as a starter and I think if he retired at the end of this season, he might have already punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame. He is the only player in NFL history to pass for over 4,000 yards in each of his first 2 seasons and likely would have done so in his third year if not for injury. In his third season as a starter he led the Packers to 3 straight road playoff wins to get to the Super Bowl where he won MVP. He also has the highest career QB rating for any QB who has thrown over 1,500 passes with 101.2. This doesn’t mean that no QB in history has finished with at least a 101.2 rating (none have) but it means no QB in NFL history has ever HAD a 101.2 rating after 1,500 passes. Sounds pretty impressive right? What if I told you that all of that is nothing compared to what he’s doing this season?
Going back to last season, Rodgers has led the Packers to 13 straight wins and they are currently the only undefeated team left in the NFL. What Rodgers has done in these games has been remarkable. His worst game of the season he had a QB rating of 111.4 with 297 yards 3 TDs and a pick. That was his worst game. Rodgers currently has a QB rating of 122.4, the highest in NFL history for a single season was Peyton Manning in 2004 with 121.1. If his numbers hold up, Rodgers will end the season with 5,432 yards (the NFL record is 5,084 by Dan Marino), a completion percentage of 70.3% (the record is 70.6% by Brees), 45 TDs (the record is 50 by Brady), and only 8 INTs. Rodgers also currently has a career completion percentage of 65.1%, the record is 66.1% by Chad Pennington. He is currently in position to make a run at 3 NFL single season records and already owns a career record despite being a starter for less than 4 years. I haven’t even mentioned his rushing stats.
Rodgers will never be able to pass Favre’s career numbers because he started his career too late, but he’s already matched his Super Bowl titles and may just be able to get his first MVP. With a relatively easy schedule, the Packers may be able to even make a shot at 19-0. I realize there’s still 10 regular season games left to be played but I can’t imagine Rodgers has too many doubters out there. Any Packer fans who were sad that Favre left should be well over it by now. Rodgers is a sure thing for the Hall of Fame and may end his career in discussions for the greatest QB to ever play the game.
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