I think it's fair to say we all felt sorry for the guy. Unless you were a fan of another team in the now Pac-12 besides California. Of course, any feeling of pity for Aaron Rodgers has gone completely by the wayside now.
Anyway, it seemed like Rodgers' career was going to be one of disappointment and letdown–like a Ryan Leaf of sorts.
I'm sure he was thinking something along the lines of, "I'm supposed to be starting in the NFL and now I have to sit behind this washed up veteran (Brett Favre, who turned out to be not so washed up in the first place) for a few years before I get my chance."
But Rodgers learned a very important lesson during those first few years–patience is a virtue.
Look at where he is now. He's coming off his first Super Bowl win and Super Bowl MVP award and considered by many to be the best quarterback in the NFL.
This situation–Rodgers waiting in the wing under one of the best quarterbacks of all time then taking over and leading his team to a Super Bowl–sounds like another very similar situation that could be working itself into fruition come next April's draft.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is the consensus first pick for the 2012 NFL draft, unless he wants to pursue a MBA of course. He won't be nervously awaiting his name to be called like Rodgers, but he could find himself in a similar situation next April.
The past two offseasons, Manning has had surgery for an infected bursa sac in his knee and multiple neck surgeries for nerve regeneration. The Colts' front office believes he has two to three good years left in him.
Aaron Rodgers had to wait three full years to take over as starting quarterback for the Packers. But when he did take over, he was more than ready. He had learned from the best and knew every nuance of Green Bay's offense. Now he's a perennial Pro-Bowler and a Super Bowl MVP.
If the Colts continue to slide and play like they have been, it's more than plausible that they'll end up with the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Why not take Luck? He'll be learning from the best and when Manning decides he's given his all, who better to take over than Andrew Luck?
Granted, the Colts need A LOT of help on defense, but the quarterback is the most important position on a football team and there might not be another Andrew Luck available for several years.
It would be a perfect situation for the Colts. A situation they should talk to Green Bay's front office about. I'd say it worked out pretty well for them.