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Aaron Rodgers on Pace for the Greatest Season in NFL History: Fan’s Take
After 92 regular seasons and a history that includes legends such as Bart Starr and Joe Montana, the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers(notes) is on pace to have the greatest season ever for a quarterback.
At the tender football age of 27, Rodgers has emerged from under the shadow of Brett Favre(notes) to surpass even the wildest imaginations. In just three full seasons as the Packers' field general, Rodgers has exceeded at both the team and individual level. He won a Super Bowl with the Pack in 2010 and has set the career QB rating record with a mind-blowing 102.7—ahead of Steve Young—along with the lifetime pass interception percentage record—ahead of Tom Brady(notes).
Now, Rodgers has his eyes set on the league's MVP trophy, an undefeated season with the 2011-12 Packers and a second consecutive Super Bowl victory. To top it off, he also intends to shatter all meaningful single-season quarterback marks, in the same year.
That's right, Rodgers is on pace to break every major QB single-season record in 2011. It may have taken a century and a collection of legends to write the record books, but Rodgers intends to rewrite them in just one season, by himself.
The kid is ambitious.
Through nine games, Rodgers has already thrown for a ridiculous 2,869 yards. If he continues at this rate, he would finish with an absurd 5100 total yards, eclipsing Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer Dan Marino's 1984 all-time record of 5084. With 28 TD passes, Rodgers is also on pace to tie Tom Brady's 50 TD mark from his epic 2007 campaign.
Rodgers' inconceivable 130.7 passer rating is nearly ten points ahead of Peyton Manning's(notes) 121.1 QB rating achievement from 2004, a record many thought was unbreakable. And, his almost-immoral 72.9 percent completion rate would outshine Drew Brees'(notes) 70.6 near-perfection in 2009.
Factor in that Rodgers averages about a first down per completion, and not only do you have an unstoppable machine, but a lock for the 2011 NFL MVP.
Although he was under a shadow once, Aaron Rodgers is now beyond the shadow of a doubt.
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