Aaron Rodgers, that bad man.

When Aaron Rodgers was drafted number 24 overall in the 2005 NFL Draft it seemed as if he was underappreciated. Now then 49er’s coach Mike McCarthy sat down with Rodgers and told him that the San Francisco 49’ers were going to draft him number 1 overall. As history shows, they didn’t. Clearly, 23 teams before the Green Bay Packers chose to go with other players instead. Players like Alex Smith, Cedric Benson, Cadillac Williams, DeMarcus Ware, and Thomas Davis were all chosen before Rodgers. In the 23 players that were selected before Rodgers, 11 of them ended up being selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Other quarterbacks such as Kyle Orton, Matt Cassel, Derek Anderson, and Ryan Fitzpatrick were all selected after Rodgers, where Alex Smith was the only quarterback selected before him. There is no doubt that Aaron Rodgers has had the most successful career out of all of these quarterbacks and the rest of the NFL certainly thinks so.

Loyal Green Bay Packer fans will always stand behind the two back-to-back legendary quarterbacks in Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, so the Packer fan base is no place to look for unbiased opinions on Rodgers. The best place to look, however, is around the league at guys that have had to face Rodgers multiple times. In the league or not, critics have a lot to say about Aaron Rodgers and how he measures up to other greats like Brett Favre, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, and Peyton Manning.

While talking to an NFL coach about Aaron Rodgers, future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady had to say this about Rodgers: “He’d throw for 7,000 yards every year,” Brady reportedly told the NFL coach. “He’s so much more talented than me.” Now it may be true that Aaron Rodgers is more talented than Tom Brady, and many may think so, but if those words really came out of Tom Brady’s mouth (as reported) it would just add to a long list of compliments that Rodgers has received in the past.

In an interview last week with Dan Patrick, Dan Marino said that Aaron Rodgers “does freak stuff” and “he is as good as there ever was”, with Dan Patrick calling Rodgers “the unicorn” of a group of quarterbacks that consist of Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

Finding praise for quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t difficult. He already holds records in passer rating and touchdown to interception ratio, and he is no doubt a Hall of Famer. So many times in Aaron Rodgers’ career has he been tested, yet again and again, he steps up to the plate and delivers. Just look at week 1 against the Chicago Bears.

The Packers will face a team this Sunday that passed on Aaron Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft not just once– but twice. The Minnesota Vikings chose Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina, with the 7th overall pick, and Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin with the 18th overall pick. Ever since Rodgers took over as the starter in 2008, it has been quite a test for the Vikings, with the Packers winning a majority of the games since. Without Aaron Rodgers, they haven’t beaten the Vikings since 2007, only tied them in 2013.

To find out what this week’s opponent has to say, look no further than Vikings’ CB Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes said earlier this week about facing Aaron Rodgers, per business insider: “He’s so accurate, always on the money. And the worst part? He knows it,” Rhodes says. “His demeanor — his swagger — he’s so confident in his game that it actually bothers you.”

When a player commands the game at such a high level (like Brady and Brees), there is only so much coaching a coach can do. If Aaron Rodgers can play at a high level this week, the Packers have a fighting chance against one of the NFL’s top, if not the best, defense. Sure, the Packers had issues blocking Khalil Mack last week, but the Vikings’ defense is better overall. They are loaded with talent, and Rodgers knows that.

Rodgers hopes to play just as long, if not longer than QB Tom Brady. By the looks of it, it seems that he may not make it as long as Brady. With two collarbone injuries, a calf injury and a “sprained knee”, Rodgers’ body may not be able to perform at a high level for years to come.

Aaron Rodgers has played through injuries before. The 2014 NFCCG is one example. Coming back from a collarbone injury to beat the Bears to win the NFC North, and last year, against the Carolina Panthers. Only time will tell how much longer he will be able to play like this, for Packer fans, they better hope he can for a long time.


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