Aaron Rodgers’ shoulder chip just grew … a whole bunch.
Tonight’s finale of NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2012 is chronicling the top 10 countdown with the list continuing as I write this – it will most likely conclude with Adrian Peterson … yes, he was the best player in the NFL last year.
But listing Rodgers at number six – behind Tom Brady and Peyton Manning? That’s simply a travesty and an injustice … and yes, another reason that the chip on Rodgers’ shoulder should continues to grow.
Even NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal was appalled:
Adrian Peterson and J.J. Watt have better cases as the best players of last season. Brady and Manning have the edge when it comes to all-timer status. But for 2013, there’s no way I’d pick against Aaron Rodgers in his prime.
What makes Rodgers any different from 2011? He was the same, if not better. As a one-man army, Rodgers continued to tear apart defenses last year single-handedly. He did it with a leaky offensive line (51 sacks) without a running game (Alex Green was the team’s leading rusher with 400-plus yards) and with a receiving corps where Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings (the team’s top receivers) were out of the lineup more than they were in.
As in all lists, there are imperfections. This one’s blemishes are egregious. And if there’s one that shows just how much this has turned into a popularity contest, it’s the slap in the face of Rodgers tonight.
I can see him staring at his television screen right now wondering WTF?
What else is going through his head? Probably something like … “let’s get this going. I’m ready.”
But as is the case with everything that is Rodgers … he really isn’t paying attention … at least in public. Instead, it seems he’s watching the NBA Draft.
Here’s his most recent tweet:
Bucks pick looks good. Hopefully he’s got a mid-range J but if not, @DrewGooden knows a lil something about it
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 28, 2013