Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback on the best team—the Green Bay Packers—in the best division in the NFL today. And despite all the NFC North’s Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings try to throw at Rodgers, he and the undefeated Packers refuse to weaken.
It seems like every great quarterback in the league today has had a chase at successfully having the “Perfect Season” only to fall short in the final weeks of the season.
There was Peyton Manning and the 2005 Indianapolis Colts, Drew Brees and the 2009 New Orleans Saints and finally—the only team to successfully complete a perfect regular season since the expansion to a 16-game season—Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in 2007.
Each of these men hold a Super Bowl ring—much like Aaron Rodgers—as well as enviable skills at the quarterback position, yet none have ever been quite as perfect as Rodgers is today.
Rodgers is nearly infallible, having one of the greatest seasons for a quarterback ever this season. He is on pace to set multiple records, if not shatter them to pieces. He is a winner and a leader with nothing short of joy for the game of football.
Aaron Rodgers is the only quarterback in the history of the NFL to have two consecutive seasons of 4,000 yards passing to start his career as a starting quarterback--he added another 4,000-yard season with his 281-yard performance against the Oakland Raiders in Week 14. He is the current record-holder for passer rating in the postseason (112.6) and barring a massive falloff in the final three games of the season, Rodgers will also set the record for passer rating in the regular season—he currently sits at a rating of 103.8.
He is exciting to watch and inspiring to see amongst a league full of selfish, me-first football players as he runs around the field, smiles abound. He is—ironically enough—very reminiscent of of the man he succeeded. That’s right—Brett Favre.But despite their similarities and early success for the Packers, Rodgers does not play in the shadow of the future Hall of Famer. He refuses to.
In doing so, he’s commanded the spotlight and placed himself atop the pedestal in the NFL with a season certain to place itself within the great memories of football fans everywhere.
While players like Tim Tebow, Tom Brady and the mouth of Rex Ryan garner headlines, Rodgers just keeps on winning. He is a lock for the Most Valuable Player award in 2011 and if the present is any sort of foreshadowing for the future, he is a lock for the Hall of Fame as well.
Rodgers is surrounded by stellar talent that he, somehow, makes better.
A year ago, I said Rodgers may never be “the greatest of all time”. It’s blatantly obvious Rodgers is out to prove otherwise.
Six more games and Rodgers and the Packers will accomplish what no team—not even that 2007 Patriots team—has been able to accomplish since the Miami Dolphins in 1972.
It’s an accomplishment that neither Tom Brady, nor Peyton Manning nor Drew Brees could attain.
Aaron Rodgers, however, will succeed in guiding his team to the first complete perfect season since 1972. And he will do so because he isn’t just a great quarterback—he is the perfect quarterback.