COMMENTARY | The Green Bay Packers have been blessed to have had back to back superstar quarterbacks, and the franchise has not missed a beat since Brett Favre left and Aaron Rodgers took over. Rodgers has now been Green Bay's starting quarterback for six seasons, and that is enough time to go back and compare to the two superstar quarterbacks.
While the majority of the public opinion is that Aaron Rodgers is the better quarterback between these two players, they are so similar that is hard to judge. Brett Favre won one Super Bowl during his tenure and obviously Rodgers has won a Super Bowl in his tenure as well. Favre put the Packers in position to compete much of his career, and Rodgers has done that early on as well. There is no way to distinguish a clear better player unless we take a look closer at the players.
As strong as Aaron Rodgers' arm is, there is no question that Brett Favre possessed the strong arm. Favre was given the nickname "gunslinger" and it was used affectionately throughout his entire career with the Packers. Rodgers certainly does have a good arm as far as power is concerned, but Brett Favre's arm was more powerful by far.
This is one of the main areas that Brett Favre struggled in, and it is one of the main reasons that he is the record holder for most interceptions thrown in the history of the NFL. Aaron Rodgers has mastered the art of the sideline pass, and his accuracy level is quite simply higher than Brett Favre's ever was. The advantage goes to Rodgers in just as big of a way as the power went to Favre.
Both quarterbacks have been known to make plays with their legs and extend plays for their teammates. Aaron Rodgers is probably the more athletic player, but Favre was very crafty with his ability to make plays for his receivers. He was very well known for shovel passes and underhand passes as well, which did result in turnovers at times. Rodgers makes the same type of plays from time to time, but for the most part he has been the better player as far as making plays without taking major risks.
The leadership quality is one that NFL quarterbacks must have, and both players have a good amount of leadership ability. Aaron Rodgers is more of a leader with his play, which isn't a bad thing, but as we heard Greg Jennings talk about can be a problem at times with teammates. Brett Favre was always a very vocal leader that knew what his team needed, and knew how to motivate them to go get it. The edge in leadership has to go to Brett Favre, but it isn't by much.
This question is the most difficult question to answer about Green Bay Packers history when it comes to comparing players. Aaron Rodgers has been able to put his name on the map as potentially one of the best quarterbacks of all-time. Brett Favre has slipped into the back of every Green Bay Packers fan thanks to the stellar play of Rodgers, but these two quarterbacks are extremely difficult to choose between. At the end of the day, the edge has to go to Aaron Rodgers simply because of his ability to take care of the football. There were multiple situations throughout Favre's career that he could have led the Packers farther in the playoffs or regular season that he gave away due to turnovers.
Aaron Rodgers hasn't been the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers for as long as Favre was, but he currently has to be ranked as the better quarterback between the two. It will be very interesting to see if Rodgers is able to lead the Packers to another Super Bowl victory and take another step to prove himself over his former mentor.
Evan Massey lives in Indianapolis and has followed the Green Bay Packers for the past 16 years. He has written for many sports websites including ProSportsExtra.com, Hoops-Nation.com, ProFootballSpot.com, and NaptownsFinest.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @massey_evan.
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