Rodgers is the NFL's all-time career leader in passer rating during both the regular season with a rating of 104.9, and the postseason with a rating of 105.5 – among passers with at least 1,500 and 150 pass attempts respectively. He also holds the league's lowest career pass interception percentage for quarterbacks.
"(Rodgers) really is an unbelievable player, and he's sharp," said backup quarterback Graham Harrell. "He's had so many reps in this offense, his understanding of the offense is probably as good as anybody's, including the coaches. Half the time he's doing the coaching, and he recognizes the defense because he's seen everything, so there really isn't much he hasn't seen or hasn't done. With that much experience and as much talent and smarts as he has, he's really just an unbelievable player. It's fun to watch him and fun to learn from him."
To keep things as simple as possible, Rodgers' current pay will be measured by the average of the three years remaining on the seven-year, $64.9 million deal he signed in November 2008. This year Rodgers is scheduled to make $8.5 million, followed by $9.75 million in 2013, and $11 million in 2014. That's $29.25 million over the next three seasons, or an average of $9.75 million a year.
Drew Brees, New Orleans quarterback, and Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos, are the two highest paid quarterbacks in the league, Brees with an average $20 million a year and Manning $19.2 million. Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, is paid on average $9.75 million a year and he is younger, 29, than Brees and Manning, 33 and 36 respectively.
Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, has base salaries of $8 million, $9.25 million and $10.5 million in the next three seasons, respectively.
You can argue all you want about whether Brees or Rodgers is the superior quarterback, but one thing is for sure. Their production and talent levels are close enough that their contracts should be similar, as well.
Drew Brees just made Aaron Rodgers a very, very rich man.
Finally, there’s the team factor. Three Green Bay Packers — Rodgers, Driver and defensive back Charles Woodson — are among the 10 most liked players in the league. The most blatant contrast: not one but two Dallas Cowboys’ quarterbacks, Tony Romo and Kyle Orton, are among the least-liked.
Overall, though, no one dominates NFL fan passion like a quarterback. Five of the 1- most-liked and seven of the 10 least-liked players in the league, the poll shows, are QBs. On the thumbs-up list: Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Robert Griffin III, and Matthew Stafford. The overriding theme: success, broken down one of two ways. Brees, Manning, Rodgers are Super Bowl winners[.]
There’s no question Rodgers is a special quarterback, one of the league’s finest, and he’d put up impressive numbers if he had only one or two guys to throw to. But he has four — count ‘em, four — receivers who could be No. 1s on many other teams.
The reason a team can dominate in a match, and this includes all type of team sports, is because each player contributes their own strength to the team. Pick any successful team and name a few players who were valuable to the team's success, and more than likely there is more than one player. In this case, Aaron Rodgers's top receivers are Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and the newest addition is Randall Cobb.
He has since become the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons as a starter and his 4,434 yards in 2009 nearly broke the franchise’s 25-year-old single-season mark. Rodgers also ranks first in the franchise history for career passer rating and career completion percentage, and he recently tied the team’s single-game playoff records for completions and touchdown passes.
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It wasn’t long ago that Aaron Rodgers was the “other guy” in Green Bay. Stuck behind three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre, this affable Californian spent his first three seasons in the league patrolling the sidelines while his seemingly indestructible teammate took well over 95 percent of the Packers’ snaps.
During his one year at Butte, Rodgers led the school to a 10-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking. He was also named his conference's MVP. [Afterwards] during his two years at Berkeley, Rodgers led a vaunted offense that propelled him to break a number of school records and helped make him a Heisman finalist in 2004.
Born in Chico, California, on December 2, 1973, Aaron Charles Rodgers was the second of Ed and Darla Rodgers' three sons. At the age of 5, he could pick out different football formations on the television screen and throw a football through a hanging tire.