Would Aaron Rodgers Be as Good of a Quarterback If He Didn't Sit Behind Favre?

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IISeptember 20, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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When someone comes into the NFL as a first-round pick, there is usually high expectations. But when you are a quarterback replacing one of the biggest names in sports, those are some expectations very few want to take on. 

Aaron Rodgers was a first-round pick and has had to live in the shadow of a legend. Last season, he led the Packers to a Super Bowl win and was the game's MVP. 

If you see Rodgers play, he doesn't play like a guy who has a monkey on his back. 

When Rodgers entered into the 2005 draft, he had hopes that he would go No. 1 overall to the San Francisco 49ers, a team that he had been cheering for since he was kid.

But the 49ers passed on Rodgers and took Alex Smith. It was the best thing to ever happen to the young quarterback out of California.  

Rodgers dropped all the way down the 24th overall pick, where the Green Bay Packers took him. Rodgers couldn't have landed in a better situation. 

He sat behind one of the greatest quarterbacks to play this game and one of the best offensive minds in the NFL today. 

One problem was Favre wasn't exactly the teacher type. Because Favre was such a competitor, the idea of teaching his replacement wasn't exactly appealing to Favre. 

So some would say that sitting for three years behind Favre wasn't exactly helpful.

But truthfully, Rogers' career wouldn't have taken off like it did if wasn't for the fact that he had to sit and wait.

When Rodgers was coming out of college, he had a cocky demeanor, and that could have been the biggest reason why he fell in the draft.   

Now being cocky isn't all that bad, to a certain extent. But when a starting quarterback thinks he is bigger than the team because of the position he plays or the type of money he makes, it can damage a locker room's chemistry beyond belief. 

Just ask the San Diego Chargers (Ryan Leaf) and the Oakland Raiders (JaMarcus Russell). 

Sitting Behind Favre humbled Rodgers and made him realize that he is not bigger than the team, and in to accomplish anything, he was going to have to work hard at what does.  

If Alex Smith had sat behind Favre, worked with Mike McCarthy for three years and got the chance to play with one of the best receiving corps in the NFL, Smith would have been a really good quarterback.  

So sitting behind Favre didn't just help Rodgers' career, it saved it!