This article was published on Rant Sports on Thursday. I didn’t like the way they edited it. The full article is here:
Elite. Franchise. These terms sometimes get tossed around a little too lightly. When talking about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, these accolades are a given.
After waiting three years as the back up to Packers legend Brett Favre, Rodgers became the Packers’ starting quarterback in 2008 and led the team to a win in Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 NFL season. He was named Super Bowl MVP. His career passer rating of 104.1 currently ranks No. 1 in NFL history.
Rodgers posted 17,037 passing yards from 2008 – 2011, which also ranks No. 1 in league history for the most passing yards by a quarterback in his first four seasons as a starter. Rodgers’ passer rating has been greater than 100 for the past four years, with a 108.0 rating in 2012, 122.5 in 2011, 101.2 in 2010 and 103.2 in 2009. His 2011 rating stands as the best of all-time. In his first starting season in the NFL, his passer rating was 93.8; good enough for sixth in the league.
Rodgers’ training camp goals may be different this year than in recent seasons. Green Bay appears to be placing a greater emphasis on the run game in order to generate a more balanced attack. If the Packers are successful in creating a credible running attack during the preseason, Rodgers and the Packers’ lethal passing game should be even more potent. Look for fewer opportunities and less gaudy statistics from Rodgers, but increased overall efficiency as Rodgers takes advantage of defenses that will now have to play pass defense more honestly.
Aaron Rodgers fast facts:
Size: 6-foot-2, 225 pounds
College: University of California, Berkeley
Bio: Rodgers began his collegiate career at Butte Community College before being recruited to Cal by Coach Jeff Tedford. He is an inveterate photo-bomber. A music buff, Rodgers owns a record label, Suspended Sunrise Recordings. Younger brother Jordan was a quarterback at Vanderbilt and is now a rookie free agent member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He maintains an offseason home in San Diego. You cannot go there.
Chances of making the Packers roster: The kid’s got a chance.
Practice squad eligible: No.