Aaron Rodgers has been named the top rated player in the NFL Network's Top 100 Players. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Aaron Rodgers rated #1

Should we really be at all surprised that Aaron Rodgers was just announced as the top rated National Football League player in the NFL Network’s Top 100?

Anyone who understands the game of professional football and how Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to 15 wins last season understands his importance not only to the team, but to the entire league. Clearly, his peers understand.

Rodgers completed nearly 70 percent of his pass attempts last year, threw for more than 4,600 yards, 45 touchdowns and only six interceptions. These are statistics of a superstar and a champion. Take that, Brett.

Though the team stumbled against eventual Super Bowl winner New York Giants in the Playoffs last year, Rodgers’ season performance was good enough to earn him the Most Valuable Player Award and his ranking as the top player in the NFL.

Now it’s time for him to move ahead. Awards are great, but for Rodgers to be considered one of the greatest Packer players of all-time he’s got to continue to put up similar numbers for at least the next three to five years. Along the way, he’s got to also win at least one more championship.

He’s the best in the NFL this year, but to secure his place in the upper echelon of all-time players, not only for the Packers, but for the entire league, he’s got to continue to show that the past few seasons have not been a passing fancy (excuse the pun). He’s got the entire world in the palm of his hand, but if there’s any player in the league who is equipped to handle that pressure, it’s Rodgers. He’s been groomed to be the best; now that he’s achieved that goal, what’s left?

Rodgers will tell everyone that his competitive nature will keep him going.

We hope he lives up to that and continues to bring Packers Nation several more years of being the best.

Thanks, Aaron. And congratulations

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