Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was voted the number one player in the NFL in the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2012 poll the network announced June 27th. As a Packers fan, I'm certainly not going to disagree with that. All kidding aside, this poll isn't a popularity contest conducted by a vote of the fans; instead, the NFL players are the ones who do the voting.
Rodgers was voted number one by his peers, which illustrates not just how well he plays the game, but also shows how much respect he has earned around the league. Last season, he led the league in quarterback rating (122.5), was second in touchdown passes (46), second in per cent completions (68.3), and fifth in passing yards (4643). All were career highs. One of the more impressive aspects of his game in 2011 was that he seldom turned the ball over, throwing just six interceptions in 502 passing attempts. Rodgers also did not lose a fumble all season.
For his outstanding 2011 season, Rodgers was voted the NFL's Most Valuable Player by the Associated Press. This honor from his fellow players further validates that award.
Brett Favre talks quarterbacks
In a recent interview with NFL Network's Deion Sanders, retired quarterback Brett Favre talked about who he considers to be the top quarterbacks in the game today. Among those he complimented were the Saints' Drew Brees, the Cowboys' Tony Romo, and the Packers' Rodgers.
While he was still playing, Favre talked as little as possible about Rodgers and acted like he resented the fact that the Packers were grooming Rodgers to be his eventual successor. Now that he's been out of the game for a year, Favre appears to be looking at Rodgers and his ability to play the game objectively and without rancor.
No doubt Favre's bitter split with the Packers that led to his being traded to the New York Jets while Rodgers took over at quarterback for Green Bay figured into the situation. It didn't bother me that Favre wanted to move on; even Vince Lombardi left to coach the Washington Redskins. It was the way he did it, especially after he wound up in Minnesota the following year in an effort to not only get back to the Super Bowl, but to stick it to Packers' general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy in the process.
It will take a while, but I think we'll eventually see Favre inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame and receive other honors in Green Bay for his accomplishments on the field. That day is a long way off, and is not likely happen until Thompson and McCarthy have moved on, but it will happen someday.
A Featured Contributor in Sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Mark Hudziak has been a fan of the Green Bay Packers since the Vince Lombardi Era.
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