Green Bay Packers: Why Aaron Rodgers Is Next Quarterback to Break a Big Record

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIDecember 30, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers smiles as he leaves the field after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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As the NFL has shifted to become a quarterback-driven league, more and more quarterbacks are putting up statistics that were once thought to be rather impressive.

For example, during the 2001 season, only two quarterbacks threw for over 4,000 yards. This year, seven have already surpassed that mark and another three will likely do it on Sunday.

With quarterbacks putting up greater numbers, it's extremely likely that records will fall. Even records that were once thought unbreakable will fall. Just look at Drew Brees and his 5,087 yards to see my point.

However, the next big record to be broken won't be by Brees, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. While these are three of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, they won't be the ones to break the next big record.

That man will be Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.

At the halfway point of this season, it appeared as if Rodgers was going to break four—and maybe five—NFL records. These included passing yards, touchdowns, quarterback rating, completion percentage and touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Of course, he clearly won't break all of those records, but it is likely that one of those will be his by season's end. His 122.5 quarterback rating is 1.4 points better than Manning's record-setting 2004 season. As long as he doesn't throw eight interceptions in the short amount of time in which he'll be on the field on Sunday, the record should be his.

Even if you don't consider quarterback rating to be a "big" record, Rodgers still has the best opportunity to break records in the future. 

He's arguably the best quarterback in the NFL right now. What's more, out of his competition, he is the youngest. He is also surrounded by far better players than any of the other top quarterbacks.

With players like Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jermichael Finley and Randall Cobb all still reaching their prime, it would be safe to say that Rodgers has plenty of weapons to work with.

The records that Rodgers has the best opportunity to break are for single-season passing yards and single-season touchdowns. With a limited running game behind him, Rodgers will have plenty of opportunities to throw the ball next season.

As long as he and his receivers can stay healthy, the sky is literally the limit for him. Many don't think that he has even reached his full potential yet, which is an extremely scary thought for the other 31 teams in the league.

By the time Rodgers' career is done, it wouldn't surprise me to see his name next to three or four records in the NFL record book. It has started this season and will continue with the 2012 season.

As good as Brees, Manning and Brady have been in their careers, Rodgers will be better and the big records that he breaks will prove it.