Why Aaron Rodgers Is the Best Overall Player in the NFL

Nick HartCorrespondent IApril 16, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after an 8 yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers is coming off his best professional season, running away with MVP award and securing his spot as the best overall player in the NFL.  He dominated all season, setting multiple records along the way.  Rodgers has everything one could ask for in a quarterback from a physical and mental standpoint, and his 2011 campaign solidified him as the best overall player in the NFL.

Rodgers has all of the physical tools for a quarterback.  He has incredible accuracy, completing over 68 percent of his passes, and he has demonstrated his ability to make all the throws, from the deep ball to the curl route.  His stats from the 2011 season are incredible, throwing for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns against six interceptions.  In addition to his ability to pick apart opposing defenses with his arm, he also has the ability to run.  He ran for 257 yards and three scores, as well as 18 first downs, forcing opposing defenses to respect his ability.  

Mentally, Rodgers is just as good.  He knows the Green Bay offense inside and out, even calling the plays during the last regular-season game against the Lions.  Due to his command of the offense, Rodgers doesn't make mistakes, throwing only six interceptions all season.  There is a reason Rodgers has the best career pass interception percentage of all time in the NFL at 1.8 percent.  The guy doesn't make mistakes.

When comparing Rodgers against other players in the NFL, no one can compare to the brilliance that Rodgers displayed in 2011.  He easily won the MVP over Drew Brees (48 votes to two) as well as the spot on the All-Pro first team (47.5 to 2.5).  Not only did he dominate those two awards, but he also posted the greatest passer rating statistic ever, registering a whopping 122.5.

While Brees is a fine quarterback, he clearly isn't the best overall player in the NFL, let alone quarterback.  Neither is Tom Brady, Matt Stafford or any other quarterback in the NFL.  When you dominate the first-team All-Pro voting like Rodgers did, your spot as the best NFL quarterback is secure. 

When comparing other NFL players who play different positions to Aaron Rodgers, the same thing becomes clear: There are plenty of great players, but none are as complete as Rodgers.  Calvin Johnson just had an incredible season, but he struggles as a blocker and a route-runner.  Patrick Willis is the best linebacker in the NFL and a force against the run, but he isn't a standout in coverage. Jared Allen dominates left tackles on a regular basis, racking up an impressive 22 sacks last year, but he isn't nearly that productive against the run.  

No one else can compare to Aaron Rodger's overall ability, either.

When comparing other players to Rodgers, it's clear no one else had anywhere near as dominant a season as him.  He took home both of the major awards in the MVP and the spot as the first-team All-Pro quarterback and clearly separated himself from the rest of the players.  No one else had a greater impact on his team's success, nor did anyone else demonstrate as well-rounded of a game as Rodgers did in 2011.

 His competitors for the title of best overall NFL player all have flaws in their game, while Rodgers is as close to flawless as they come.

Aaron Rodgers is clearly the best overall player in the NFL.