The Green Bay Packers were down 17-0 at halftime on Sunday night. Their quarterback was taken off the field with a leg injury. The game was over and the season was over. The Lambeau Field faithful fans were as quiet as church mice.
Coming out for the second half there was an eruption. Rodgers came limping on to the field and the rest was history. Rodgers led the Packers back to a legendary come from behind victory. Green Bay outscored Chicago 24 to 6 in the 2nd half and 21-3 in the 4th quarter. On one leg, in one half of football, Rodgers completed 20 of 30 passes, threw for 286 yards and had 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. No disrespect to Brett Favre, but Rodgers is not only the greatest quarterback to ever play in Lambeau and he may be the greatest quarterback of all-time.
For over a decade, I have listened to sports broadcasters like Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless criticize Rodgers. They said that the Green Bay quarterback was not a leader of men, he was too cocky his body language and the way he scoffs at other players and coaches was a negative. These same announcers have praised Tom Brady for doing the same thing. They said that Brady is just a competitor and that when Brady yells, it is leadership.
The common theme amongst lazy sports announcers and sports fans is… that the greatest of all time must win multiple championships to be in the conversation.
Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson each have a Super Bowl Ring. Does that make them better than Dan Marino?
Regular Season Stats:
- Dilfer’s career numbers: 20,518 passing yards, 113 touchdowns, 119 interceptions and completed 55% of his passes.
- Johnsons’ career numbers: 29,054 passing yards, 166 touchdowns, 122 interceptions and completed 61.7% of his passes.
- Marino’s career numbers: 61,361 passing yards, 420 touchdowns, 252 interceptions and completed 59.4% of his passes.
Numbers do not lie. Despite not winning a Super Bowl Championship, Marino was a much better quarterback.
I have watched Rodgers carry his teams to the playoffs for over a decade. He has done this with no elite running back and a slightly above average defense. If there ever was a “one man MVP” for his team, it is Rodgers. As long as he has the ball in his hands at the end of the game, he gives the Packers a chance to win. He has never played for an elite coach and he has never had an elite defense. Despite it all, he has a regular season record of 95-48.
Regular season stats:
- 38,788 yards.
- 316 touchdown passes.
- only 78 interceptions.
- 65.1% completion percentage
Rodgers is the all-time leader, in the history of the NFL in touchdowns to interception ratio. He averages 4.05 touchdowns to 1 interception.
2nd on that list is Tom Brady. Brady averages 3.05 touchdowns to 1 interception.
No disrespect to Brady. No disrespect to any quarterback who has ever played the game.
In my opinion… Aaron Rodgers is Simply the Best
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