Green Bay Packers: Quietly, Aaron Rodgers Passes Bart Starr

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Green Bay Packers: Quietly, Aaron Rodgers Passes Bart Starr
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Somewhat lost in the Green Bay Packers third straight win last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, was an impressive milestone accomplished by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers passed legendary quarterback Bart Starr in career touchdown passes with the Packers, as he threw two more touchdown passes vs. the Jaguars.

Rodgers now has 153 career touchdown passes, compared to 152 for Starr. Rodgers is now second in Green Bay history in touchdown passes, with only Brett Favre (442) ahead of him.

Rodgers currently has 21 touchdown passes in 2012, and is on pace to throw 42 for the season. This after throwing 45 touchdown passes in 2011, a year in which Rodgers was named the NFL MVP.

Some say Favre's career touchdown record with the Packers will never be broken, but if anyone can break it, it's Rodgers. Rodgers has averaged over 32 touchdown passes a year since he became a starter in 2008, and the last two seasons have seen that average go up.

Also remember, Rodgers won't be 29 years old until December 2. I could see Rodgers playing for another decade or so, especially since he was on the bench (behind Favre) for basically the first three years of his professional career. 

If Rodgers does play eight more years after this season, and he averaged 35 touchdown passes a season (assuming he throws 42 touchdown passes this year), he would break Favre's team record.

 

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Back to Rodgers and Starr. The two of them are the only quarterbacks in Packers' history that have won a NFL MVP and have also been named Super Bowl MVP.

Starr was MVP of the NFL in 1966 and was Super Bowl MVP in both Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II.

Rodgers was NFL MVP in 2011 and also Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XLV.

Favre was NFL MVP in three straight seasons (1995-1997), but was never a Super Bowl MVP, although he came close in Super Bowl XXXI.

I asked Jerry Kramer to compare Rodgers and Starr, and the legendary right guard of the Packers said this, "Aaron is very reminiscent of Bart in a lot of different ways.  He’s definitely ethically and morally in Bart Starr’s camp.  He is fundamentally sound like Bart.  He is grounded in his religion and family like Bart."

Fundamentally sound is right, without a doubt. Rodgers has only thrown 42 interceptions, to go with his 153 touchdown passes. That is almost a 4-1 ratio. That is truly unbelievable.

Starr, on the other hand, threw 138 interceptions, to go with his 152 touchdown passes.

That tells you how good Rodgers is as a passer and how fundamentally sound he is.

But Bart also led his teams to five NFL championships in seven years, including victories in the first two Super Bowls.

 

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Aaron has a way to go before he approaches Bart in that statistic. But odds are that Rodgers will perform well in the postseason as well. Rodgers is the highest rated quarterback in NFL history in the playoffs with 105.5.

Rodgers has thrown 15 touchdown passes to just four picks. Starr was very similar in the postseason, as he threw 15 touchdown passes, compared to just three picks.

Rodgers is also the highest rated quarterback in NFL history in the regular season too, with a 104.6 quarterback rating.

Bottom line, Rodgers just passed one of the all-time greats for a very nice individual achievement, but if he ever approaches the amount of championships that Starr won in Green Bay, then that deed will truly be epic.  

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