In 2005, the San Francisco 49ers had the first pick in the draft. There were two quarterbacks who were considered valuable enough for the first pick, Alex Smith & Aaron Rodgers. The 49ers picked the wrong quarterback. Then to make matters worse Rodgers dropped all the way to the 22nd pick, which was the Green Bay Packers. It has been six years since that draft and with the completion of Super Bowl XLV, and Aaron Rodgers winning MVP, the 49ers can sit back and shake their heads.
Last night in the Super Bowl, A-Rod threw for 304 yards & three touchdowns. Also through the playoffs he average three touchdowns a game. Alex Smith however has never even reached the postseason. Aaron Rodgers' lowest touchdown total in the regular season is 28. Alex Smith's highest touchdown total has been 18.
Smith has never really had complete control over the starter role for the 49ers. There have been a few times where other quarterbacks have come in to try and win the starter position. The coach, the organization and the players allowed this to happen without coming to Alex Smith's defense.
Aaron Rodgers was brought in even when Brett Favre was thinking about coming back. Ted Thompson exiled Brett Favre from cheese town because he believed Aaron Rodgers could lead his team to the promised land. Mike McCarthy also believed this as he stood behind the decision from day one. His teammates also stood behind him from day one, and also showed that Brett Favre was a forgotten thought during their interviews for media day.
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Aaron Rodgers in his short career has taken over for a legend and has flourished. He has led a team that lost its starting running back, star tight end and countless other players to the Super Bowl. He then watched as his best cornerback had to leave due to injury, as well as a few other minor injuries to other players during the Super Bowl, and he took it all in stride. Aaron Rodgers has been able to do that since the first day he set foot on an NFL field.
This just makes you wonder how different Rodgers, the 49ers, the Packers and the NFL as a whole would be if the 49ers made the right decision and picked Aaron Rodgers with the first pick of the 2005 NFL draft.