Aaron Rodgers' Success Doesn't Diminish Brett Favre's Legendary Career

Peter LomuscioCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  MVP Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers holds up The Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31 to 25 in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers is fresh off of winning the most important football game of his young career after Sunday’s 31-25 Super Bowl victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  


Rodgers led his team by completing 24 of 39 passes for 304 passing yards and three touchdowns, without turning the ball over, (Something we have seen Favre struggle with throughout his storied career.)


Yet the talk hasn't been completely about the extremely talented quarterback and the current Green Bay Packers team, because the media continued to force Brett Favre back into the story-lines.


Because Favre and Rodgers both won one Super Bowl, many are putting Rodgers on the same level as Favre.


To put Rodgers in Favre’s neighborhood already is premature. Yes, Rodgers has shown he has the talent to become an all-time great, but there is too much football ahead of him to properly evaluate his career.



It is interesting to juxtapose Favre's and Rodgers' careers thus far:


Favre is an 11-time Pro Bowler, a regular season MVP and a three-time first team All-Pro, while Rodgers is a one-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl MVP. Both won their first Super Bowl at the age of 26.


There are however other factors we should consider when comparing these two quarterbacks:


Favre took over a team that went 11-24 in the 35 games prior to his arrival, while Rodgers was able to sit back and watch a master at work for three full seasons, and then take over a 13-3 team when he was given the opportunity.



Rodgers deserves credit for making the most of his time holding the clipboard though.


Many players would have whined and pouted, instead of using the time wisely, but rather than demand a trade, he spent his time learning and getting ready for his moment to take over.


Rodgers had a huge void to fill in Green Bay, and after winning on the biggest stage, Packers fans would be hard-pressed to doubt Rodgers anymore.


There are something thought-provoking questions to consider regarding Rodgers' career:


Will Rodgers continue to be an elite quarterback throughout changes that are bound to happen within the organization?


Will he have the knack for late-game heroics that we became so accustomed to seeing with Favre?


Here are the facts:


Aaron Rodgers will be a top quarterback in the NFL for years to come, exactly how many, is up to him.