Aaron Rodgers: Will He Win the NFL MVP Again in 2012?
The Green Bay Packers have become the most storied franchise in the history of the NFL. The team has been in the NFL since 1921, and since then, the Packers have won 13 NFL championships and four Super Bowl victories.
When it comes to winning the MVP/Player of the Year award, the Packers have been back-to-back winners three times, and Brett Favre actually won the MVP award three times in a row (1995-1997).
It all started in 1941 and 1942, when Don Hutson won the award in back-to-back years. Here are the statistics for Hutson those two years:
1941: Hutson had 58 receptions for 738 yards and 10 TDs. Rushed four times for 22 yards and two TDs. Hutson scored 95 points overall, as he was also the placekicker for the Packers. Plus, he had one interception defensively.
1942: Hutson had 74 receptions for 1,211 yards and 17 TDs. Scored 138 points overall, again as the placekicker for the Packers. Hutson also intercepted seven passes.
Paul Hornung won the MVP award in 1961. Here are the stats for the "Golden Boy" that year:
1961: Hornung rushed 127 times for 597 yards and eight TDs. Had five receptions for 145 yards and two TDs. He also scored 146 points overall as the placekicker for the Packers.
Jim Taylor won the MVP award in 1962, to make the potent backfield of the Packers back-to-back winners of the award. Here are the stats for Taylor that year:
1962: Taylor rushed 272 times for 1,474 yards and 19 TDs. Taylor also had 22 receptions for 106 yards.
Favre won the NFL MVP award outright in 1995 and 1996 and shared the award with Barry Sanders in 1997. Here are his stats for those three seasons:
1995: Favre threw 38 TD passes compared to 13 interceptions for 4,413 yards and had a QB rating of 99.5.
1996: Favre threw 39 TD passes compared to 13 interceptions for 3,899 yards and had a QB rating of 95.8.
1997: Favre threw 35 TD passes compared to 16 interceptions for 3,867 yards and had a QB rating of 92.6.
So...will Aaron Rodgers also win back-to-back MVPs too? First, let's look at his numbers in 2011:
Rodgers threw 45 TD passes to just six interceptions for 4,643 yards and also had a QB rating of 122.5. Rodgers also had a completion percentage of 68.3. The 122.5 QB rating was the best in the NFL and also broke the all-time record set by Peyton Manning in 2004, when Manning had a 121.1 QB rating.
The QB rating system also determines which QB wins the passing title in any given year. Therefore, Rodgers won the overall passing title in the NFL in 2011.
Rodgers led the Pack to the NFC North title with a 15-1 record, which was the best mark in the NFL.
Rodgers was also named first-team All-Pro and was named the starting QB for the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
That all led to Rodgers being named the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 2011.
Bottom line, I think Rodgers has a very good chance to win the MVP award again in 2012. Why? For one, his track record so far in the NFL in the regular season has been phenomenal.
Rodgers not only had the best-ever QB rating in a single season in 2011, but Rodgers is the all-time leader in QB rating in the regular season.
Rodgers has thrown 132 TD passes vs. just 38 interceptions for 17,366 yards and has a 104.1 QB rating in his career during the regular season. Rodgers is the only QB in NFL history to have a QB rating of over 100 based on 1,500 passing attempts.
Rodgers is also the all-time leader in QB rating in the postseason as well, as he has thrown 15 TD passes vs. only four picks for 1,781 yards and has a QB rating of 105.5.
Since Rodgers has been a starting QB in the NFL, only once has Rodgers had a QB rating below 100, and that was in 2008, when he "only" had a 93.8 QB rating.
Barring injury, I see Rodgers putting up similar numbers to what he put up in 2011, as he certainly has the weapons to utilize in the passing game with his stellar receiving corp.
Winning the NFL MVP award is a great honor. Winning it back to back is even more special. That has happened three times for the Packers now in their illustrious history. I think Rodgers has a real chance to make it four times for the green and gold.
Rodgers also knows what it's like to win a Super Bowl MVP award, like he did in Super Bowl XLV, when the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. Rodgers threw three TD passes vs. zero picks for 304 yards in that game.
I'm sure Rodgers would prefer that award over the regular season MVP.
But if anyone in the NFL right now could do both in the same season, I would think Rodgers has an excellent chance to be that player.
I like his chances; that's for sure.
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