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Has Aaron Rodgers Proven Himself in the Postseason?

Walking in any great player’s shadow is an extremely difficult thing to do unless you’re winning. Ask Steve Young just how much pressure was on him when he took over for the 49ers. Joe Montana was a legend in San Fran, and the sporting world let Young know just how they felt about a left-handed hybrid scrambler not utilizing Jerry Rice as much as Joe did.

But the criticism Young took was nothing in comparison to the criticism delivered to Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. With the way the Favre fiasco played out, Rodgers’ only support in the world came by way of Ted Thompson, a meager percentage of Green Bay faithful, and perhaps some family and friends (and that last bit is unproven).

After Favre wormed his way into Minnesota and beat the Pack twice last season, Rodgers’ stock was at an all-time low on the nationwide scale. “He’ll never be an elite QB” were the cries.

Well, as Toby Keith would say, how do ya like me, now? Rodgers is on his way to the Super Bowl after three playoff wins in a row, all of which happened on the road. The Packers are the first 6 seed since the Pittsburgh Steelers (ironic?) to make it to the big show, and Aaron’s stellar play and poise under pressure is perhaps the biggest reason for it.

Although Rodgers missed some time this season with a concussion, he still managed to put up over 3,900 yards, 28 TDs with only 11 INTs, and a QB rating of 101.2. In the postseason for his career, Rodgers is absolutely killing it. He has a rating of 109.2, blowing the competition out of the water.

Before this season’s playoffs, betting on Rodgers to come up this big in the postseason was like betting on a royal flush in videopoker online – you just don’t do it. However, his QB performances against the Eagles at Philly and the Falcons at Atlanta are already legendary.

Against Philly, Rodgers had a QB rating of 122.5, throwing 3 TDs and no INTs. Against Atlanta, he did even better, racking up 366 yards, completing 86% of his passes, throwing for another 3 TDs, and earning a near perfect passer rating with 136.8 – he even rushed in for a TD and put the belt on.

Compare that to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning and, well… never mind – they’re a combined 0-5 in the playoffs for their last 5 games! That tells you all you need to know.

Rodgers didn’t have his best day against the Bears in the NFC Championship game, but the Bears’ defense is not only fantastic, they’re also extremely familiar with anything the in-division Pack can come with. It says a lot that Green Bay was able to move the ball as well as they did. And while Rodgers threw one right to Urlacher, he also hustled downfield and made the touchdown-saving tackle – something you’d be hard-pressed to find another big-name QB do.

If you’re a fan of any type of betting, whether it is sports, the ponies or even internet roulette games, you’ll know that Aaron Rodgers is the odds-on favorite to be the best player on the field when Super Sunday arrives.

Conventional wisdom says you must go with Brady and/or Manning for the top QB slot, but perhaps there’s a new sheriff in town. If Rodgers can win the Super Bowl with Green Bay, not only will he shake Favre’s mighty shadow, but he’ll also be considered amongst the best QBs in the National Football League.

He should be already, as he has proven this postseason, but it takes a Lombardi Trophy to cement any legacy.


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4 Responses to “Has Aaron Rodgers Proven Himself in the Postseason?”

  1. Ryan says:

    Oh man, look at this . The Steelers have their own comic strip now at “Fans N’at” at http://fansnat.com (or steelercomics.com).

  2. Vicki says:

    Has Aaron Rodgers proven himself in the postseason? His play answers this, but his humanity speaks volumes. Check out what a sports anchor from Fox 6 in Milwaukee recently wrote about Our Number 12. We love you Aaron! GO PACK GO! …

    “Save Me a Spot”

    This job affords me some incredible opportunities. Being a member of theFOX 6 Sports team means I’ve been able to witness and report on events and people that many can only admire from a distance. I never take these situations for granted and sincerely appreciate being involved in whatever capacity each permits.

    Monday marked just the most recent case as I had the unparalleled privilege to be a part of Aaron Rodgers charity event to benefit the MACC Fund, a charity towards eradicating childhood cancer and blood disorders.

    Scattered throughout the crowd of rabid Packers aficionados, were the people who I consider the event’s real MVPs. They are the families who’ve been forced to deal with one of life’s toughest sentences – the loss of a child.

    Those who sprung for the tickets were not disappointed. In a world where many athletes regurgitate canned and rehearsed responses, the Packers quarterback was refreshingly candid. Aaron addressed a number of topics with in-depth, honest reaction – even some that if reprinted and mass distributed might raise some eyebrows.

    Aaron stressed the importance of availability and accountability. In his opinion, it is a player’s responsibility to attend all of the team
    activities as they are all intended to better the team as a whole. And then, similarly, he addressed the importance of taking the
    heat/criticism when one falls short of expectations and duties.

    He is never nervous to take the field. Aaron is supremely confident in the preparation he’s put in during the week leading up to Sunday’s match up. The way the 2009 season ended was disappointing but his self-confidence was not affected by the outcome. One of the toughest realizations was that that combination of players would never take the field together again. He likened the team to a family and admitted that conflict can and does occasionally exist but they try to handle such situations with maturity and civility.

    He talked music and his love for tunes at a young age revealing that his mom used to sing and play lullabies and country music when he was a child. Aaron’s record label Suspended Sunrise is a product of this passion but also a contingency plan for life after football. His favorite song is Ben Harper’s ‘Forever’ and he’s envious of John Mayer’s guitar skills though not his tabloid reputation. He appreciated my affinity for Keith Urban but gave the audience a thumbs-down when I mentioned fellow country crooner Kenny Chesney.

    His favorite book is The Bible and he tries to read it every day not just when life’s challenges and struggles surface.

    His favorite movie is The Princess Bride which he admits he’s caught flack for but says he and his childhood friends can recite every line from the film and it is simply a great story.

    Rodgers’ answers to questions on this night were certainly admirable. And I honestly didn’t think I could respect Aaron more.
    But I was wrong.

    My friend, the father of that young girl who passed, was there that night. He was one of several attendees brought up on stage where he caught a football thrown by the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

    He asked Aaron to sign the football he’d caught. He wondered if he’d make it out to his daughter. It isn’t shocking that Rodgers
    obliged. What caught me off guard was the dedication he made. It wasn’t until after Aaron left that I first saw the autograph… and the simple yet sweet message that brought tears to this father’s eyes:

    “To Cheri the angel. Save me a spot. – Aaron Rodgers”

    I hope that Packers fans realize how lucky they are to have such an upstanding young man leading their team on the field every weekend. I hope they appreciate the challenges that were thrust upon him and acknowledge the maturity with which he handled them. I hope they stand behind the kid and respect him not only for his incredible talent but for his intelligence and honesty, poise and compassion.

    My job has afforded me the chance to watch Aaron Rodgers play football for the last few seasons. But I am truly thankful for the opportunity to see the other side of this impressive young man. And pass on some of what I witnessed to you.

  3. Sports-Glory says:

    I think Rodgers has proven himself all season. Doesn’t he have as many postseason wins as Brett Favre in Favre’s last 10 years with the Packers.

    • AJ jones says:

      AaRon has taken his spot at the top of the list of elite Quarterback in the NFL.
      Does not have to take a back seat to anyone. I think he’s about to go on a special run.

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