Why Aaron Rodgers Will Be the 2010 NFL MVP

Adam BayerContributor IIApril 8, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against  the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Packers  51-45 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers couldn't stay off his back last year, whether it was because of the line breaking down or him holding onto the ball for too long. With that said, Rodgers still put up stellar numbers. Rodgers produced way more than many people thought he would, finishing the year ranked fourth on the QB stats chart after the regular season.

With a completion percentage of 64.7% along with 30 TDs and only seven interceptions, Rodgers rose to be counted among the game's elite. The scary part of this stat line is that he was sacked 50 times, yet he still earned a spot on the Pro Bowl roster. Not only did he pass for 288 yards a game, he also lead the NFL in rushing yards and TDs as a quarterback.

In only his second year, Rodgers passed for 4,434 yards and had a QB rating of 103.2. He is on a pace to break Brett Favre's Packer records (besides the interceptions). That's a pretty good line for a guy that got sacked 50 times. These stats should be scary for the Packers' 2010 opponents. 

If Ted Thompson adds pieces to the offensive line through this year's draft and Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher can stay healthy, Rodgers can really take off. When Clifton came back from injury and Tauscher was re-signed mid-season, the Packers went on a 7-1 tear with the lone loss coming on a last-second TD heave from Big Ben Roethlisberger. If Aaron stays upright next year and puts up huge numbers, he'll be the next MVP of the National Football League.