A few days ago the NFL announced their 2010s All-Decade Team. With any of these teams, there’s always controversy but for the most part, the voters got it right. Two former Green Bay players made the team while one current player made it (I’m sure you can guess who it is).
The first former Packer I want to talk about is offensive guard, Jahri Evans. Evans played 12 seasons in the NFL, 11 with the Saints and 1 with the Packers in 2017 before retiring. Evans joined other guards Marshal Yanda, Zack Martin, and Logan Mankins on the All-Decade Team. This decade, Evans made 5 straight Pro Bowl teams from 2010 through 2014, and 3 straight First Team All-Pro from 2010 through 2012. He also made Second Team All-Pro in 2013. In 2010, he won a Super Bowl with the Saints and in 2011 and 2012 he made the NFL Top 100 team. He was ranked 34 and 32 respectively. There is no doubt about it, Jahri Evans was one of the best offensive lineman throughout the entire decade.
The next former Packer who made the 2010s All-Decade Team was defensive end, Julius Peppers. He joined J.J. Watt, Calais Campbell, and Cameron Jordan on the team. Peppers played in Green Bay for 3 seasons from 2014 through 2016. He made 1 Pro-Bowl with Green Bay in 2015 and was also named to the NFL Top 100 in 2015 (#71). In his 3 seasons with the Packers, Peppers played in 48 games and registered 25.0 sacks, 21 tackles for a loss, and 45 QB hits. He also added 103 tackles, 8 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions, and 2 touchdowns.
Before his stint with the Packers, earlier in the decade, Julius Pepper played with the Chicago Bears from 2010 through 2013. In that span he made 3 Pro Bowls, 1 First Team All-Pro, and 1 Second Team All-Pro. Currently 4th All-Time in sacks, Julius Peppers was already a bonafide Hall of Famer but being on the 2010s All-Decade Team secures his chances even more.
As people most likely guessed, the one active Packer who made the All-Decade team was quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. He joined Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks to make the team. Other quarterbacks who were close to making the cut included Drew Brees and Russell Wilson but the committee made the correct choice with who they went with. In this decade, Aaron Rodgers won a Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP in 2010 as well as won 2 regular season MVP awards. He has also made 7 Pro-Bowls this decade, 2 First Team All-Pros, and 2 Second Team All-Pros. Finally, from 2011 through 2019 he has been ranked at least 11th in the NFL Top 100.
As if the accolades don’t do Rodgers justice, his stats will. In this decade he has started 142 games and has led the Packers to a 96-45-1 record. He has thrown for 38,145 yards, 305 touchdowns and only 63 interceptions. For the decade he had a 103.6 passer rating. As if those numbers weren’t enough, he also ran for 2,552 yards for an average of 5.2 yards per attempt and 19 touchdowns.
In the playoffs Rodgers had a 10-7 record while throwing for 4,604 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 11 picks.
The Packers were one of the best teams throughout the 2010s decade. With 3 players making the All-Decade Team it further cements the Green Bay legacy that is ever evolving.