1) Introduction: He had a season for the ages. After winning his 100th start in December with a 43-37 win over Atlanta, Rodgers became No. 1 in NFL history in touchdown passes (222), passing yards (27,520) and passer rating (107.3) for any quarterback all-time at the century mark. For the fifth time in seven seasons as the Packers’ starter, Rodgers has tallied double-digit wins and single-digit interceptions.
Aaron Charles Rodgers
- Age: 31
- Born: 12/2/1983 in Chico, Calif.
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 225
- College: California
- Rookie Year: 2005
- NFL Experience: 10
3) Expectations coming into the season: After coming off a clavicle injury that sidelined him for seven games in 2013, Rodgers wanted to prove that he was back. It’s understandable that Rodgers feels pressure to perform because he has to be perfect in order for the Packers to achieve greatness.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Rodgers had never faced Tom Brady before the Patriots visited Lambeau Field on Nov. 30. Rodgers outdueled Brady in a game that you could tell he had circled on his calendar for months. Rodgers was an amazing 9-for-12 on third down as he shredded New England for 368 yards and two touchdowns.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Unquestioned. He is arguably the best signal caller in the NFL and the reason why the Packers won the NFC North for the fourth straight season. He had a passer rating of 130 or higher five times.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Even though Rodgers hobbled into the playoffs with a bad left calf, he still showed greatness by shredding the Cowboys for 316 yards with completions to seven different receivers. Seattle however, was a different story. He looked tentative at times and made several questionable throws that should’ve been intercepted, and that’s why he turned out the second-worst game of his MVP season with a 55.8 passer rating.
7) Intangibles: The biggest reason he is so valuable is because he is so accurate on the move. Even when a pass rush force gets him out of the pocket, he can still beat a defense with perfect precision. The viability of future Packers’ postseasons will rely on keeping Rodgers healthy.
Season Report Card:
(A) Level of expectations met during the season
(A) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(A-) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: A-——————
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