The 2017 NFL playoffs have been entertaining to watch for the most part because of the Hall of Fame caliber quarterbacks we have remaining. The question that keeps running through my head, watching his games play out is how in God’s green earth did Aaron Rodgers fall to 24th overall in the 2005 draft? It’s mind-boggling to me, I understand he was lightly recruited out of high school and ended up at the University of California.
He put up pretty good numbers with 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his two seasons with the Golden Bears. Despite the good numbers he continued to tumble in the first round, then lucky for Packer fans everywhere they selected Rodgers and that is proving to be one of the best decisions in franchise history. Rodgers vowed to make every team that passed on him regret it and boy has he. He spent a three-season apprenticeship behind Hall of Famer Brett Favre soaking in all the knowledge possible while waiting for his opportunity.
Patience paid off as in 2008, Rodgers took the reins of the franchise and now has a stranglehold on that position for as long as his body will allow. He’s gone from that lightly recruited high school kid to a Super Bowl champion and a two-time MVP in a flash. Making good on his promise that he would prove those teams wrong that passed on him on that fateful April day.
It’s clear that Rodgers has the physical attributes that make a good NFL quarterback with pinpoint accuracy and the size to absorb hits from 350-pound defensive lineman. That being said, the thing that sets them apart from all the great NFL quarterbacks today and many from the past is football IQ and instincts much like Peyton Manning had during his career.
Rodgers has the ability to catch defenses with their hand in the cookie jar multiple times during a game whether that be drawing them off sides giving a free play or 12 men on defense. Thus, putting his team in the best position to succeed play after play because he’s always aware of his surroundings and what is going on. He has thrown a touchdown pass 13 times after drawing the defense offside the next highest amongst quarterbacks is three touchdowns simply incredible.
His mind is a tool that is unmatched and he does things on a football field that can’t be taught. You better not take any play off against him because of your lax at any point he will make you pay ask the Giants, Cardinals, and Lions he has completed hail Mary’s against them, resulting in victories and huge momentum changers, a play that is supposed to rarely work Rodgers has made look easy. Another reason to marvel at Rodgers’ physical and mental abilities on a football field.
Rodgers has had a Hall of Fame caliber career despite the lack of running game because of injury and lack of production. Also he has been able to turn wide receivers that were undrafted or late round picks into Pro bowl worthy players! He makes us remember names like Geronimo Allison, Jeff Janis, and Richard Rogers it’s remarkable how much Rogers impact the game of football and the careers of individual players.
As you can see, the game of football is much more than just the X’S and O’S Aaron Rodgers is the poster child for affecting the game in the tiniest of ways and that end up being the reason they win the game. He’s going to need to play his best game of the season in my opinion to get past the Atlanta Falcons who come on strong. This game will be a shootout and I think the team that forces the first turnover will win. It’s going to be fun to watch! I’m not going to bet against Aaron Rodgers, who affects the game in multiple ways!