In our continuing series, “Because you can’t wait for the Green Bay Packers,” we begin with a look at the most popular players on the team – and who better to start with than Aaron Rodgers?
What more can be said about this guy? Super Bowl MVP, Super Bowl champion, highest paid quarterback in the National Football League, and overall good guy. Heck, he’s even gotten way beyond the Brett Favre drama and with a new long-term contract in hand, is ready to continue carrying the team’s mantle.
Statistically, he continues to be among the top three quarterbacks in all the league. His accuracy is uncanny and though his penchant for hanging on to the football for too long has led to some sacks, his unbelievable ability to feel pressure and to use his athleticism to escape and run to open daylight is something few possess.
Since becoming a starter the past five years, Rodgers is the epitome of consistency.
Consider his passing completion percentages over the past Five years: 63.6, 64.7, 65.7, 68.3, and 67.2. Simply remarkable.
Consider that he hasn’t had a single season in the past five that he hasn’t completed more than 300 passes: 341, 350, 312, 343, and 371.
Consider that he’s only gone below 4,000 yards passing since 2008 once, and that’s because he sat out 1.5 games due to a concussion: 4,038, 4,434, 3,922, 4,643, and 4,295.
Consider that in 2,665 attempts in his career that he’s only thrown 46 interceptions, a 1.7 percent interception rate.
And consider that he’s thrown for 21,661 yards, with the bulk of those yards coming in his eight-year career since he’s been a starter these past five years.
As he enters the prime of his playing career, there’s plenty of mileage left in the tank for Aaron Rodgers … and plenty more to add to these statistics.
But in the meantime, here are Rodgers’ overall statistics:
So, as we await the start of Packers football and training camp, we provide some highlight videos you may enjoy.