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What can you say about Aaron Rodgers?
Rodgers threw 45 TD passes to just six interceptions for 4,643 yards in 2011 and also had a QB rating of 122.5. He 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 of 121.1 set by Peyton Manning in 2004.
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.
He led the Pack to the NFC North title with a 15-1 record, which was the best mark in the NFL.
He 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.
He not only had the best-ever QB rating in a single season in 2011, but he 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. He is the only QB in NFL history to have a QB rating of over 100 based on 1,500 passing attempts.
He 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 he had a QB rating below 100, and that was in 2008, when he "only" had a 93.8 QB rating.
No QB in the history of the NFL has thrown for yardage than Rodgers has in his four years as a starter (17,037).
Oh yeah, he was also MVP of Super Bowl XLV when the Packers won the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the 2010 season.
If Rodgers goes down for a couple games, the Packers might be able to stay afloat. If he goes down for the season, the Packers would have almost a zero chance of winning the Super Bowl, much less making the playoffs.
Rodgers' backup in 2012 is expected to be Graham Harrell, after Matt Flynn took off for Seattle via free agency. The 2012 season will be Harrell's third year with the Packers. He has not played a down in the regular season in his career thus far.
Harrell will get plenty of playing time this preseason, as will rookie QB B.J. Coleman, but exhibition games are one thing, while the regular season is another.
Bottom line, Rodgers has to stay healthy. Why? He is not only the best player on the Packers but also the best player in the NFL.