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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers


Aaron Rodgers

MVP Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers holds up The Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31 to 25 in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.

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The Green Bay Packers chose quarterback Aaron Rodgers over future Hall of Famer Brett Favre prior to the 2008 NFL season, and through three seasons the decision has worked out far better than anyone could have anticipated.

Rodgers has actually emerged as one of the top signal-callers in the league. He's a good decision-maker with a solid arm who quickly assumed a leadership role on the team. He is an accurate passer and isn't afraid to stand in the pocket and take a hit. He's also as good as anyone in the critical category of converting third downs.

In his three years as a starter, Rodgers has racked up more than 12,000 yards passing and 86 touchdown passes, and has posted a career passer rating of 98.4.

He threw for 790 yards through the first three games of the postseason, with six TD passes to just two interceptions. And he earned Super Bowl XLV MVP honors with a 24-for-39 performances that racked up 304 yards and three touchdowns to no interceptions.

It's taken Rodgers just three short years to emerge from Favre's shadow, and he's done so in a spectacular way. It won't be at all surprising to start hearing his name mentioned alongside the likes of Peyton manning and Tom Brady going forward.

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