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Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl
Aaron Rodgers in Super Bowl XLV
Green Bay PackersNo. 12
Quarterback
Date of Birth: December 2 1983 (1983-12-02) (age 34)
Place of Birth: Chico, California, U.S.
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
National Football League Debut
2005 for the Green Bay Packers
Career Highlights and Awards
  • 2003 Honorable mention All-Pac-10
  • 2003 Insight Bowl Offensive MVP
  • 2004 Cal Co-Offensive MVP
  • 2004 First-team All-Pac-10
  • 2004 Second-team Academic All-Pac-10
  • 2004 Honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated
  • Pro Bowl (2009, 2011)
  • First-team All-Pro (2011)[1]
  • AP NFL MVP (2011)
  • Super Bowl champion (XLV)
  • Super Bowl MVP (XLV)
  • NFC champion (2010)
  • Single season QB Rating record (122.5)[2][3]
  • AP Male Athlete of Year (2011)
  • FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year (2010)
  • First-team All-Pac-10 (2004)
  • Only player in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards in each of the first two seasons as a starting QB
  • Only player in NFL history to throw 45+ touchdowns, and 6 or less interceptions in a single season
Career History
College: California
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
 Teams:
  • Green Bay Packers (2005-present)
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Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983 in Chico, California, U.S.) is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. Rodgers was drafted in the first round (24th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.[1] Rodgers played college football for the California Golden Bears, where he set several school records, including lowest interception rate at 1.43%.[2]

Professionally, Rodgers is the NFL's all-time career leader in passer rating during both the regular season (104.1), and the post-season (105.5) – among passers with at least 1,500 and 150 pass attempts respectively.[4] He also owns the league's lowest career pass interception percentage for quarterbacks during the regular season (1.80%) and the single season passer rating record (122.5).[5] Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to win Super Bowl XLV and was named Super Bowl MVP. As a result, he was named AP Male Athlete of the Year in 2011.[6]

Early yearsEdit

Rodgers is from Chico in Butte County, California. He attended Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, starting for two years at quarterback and garnering 4,421 passing yards. He set single-game records of 6 touchdowns and 440 all-purpose yards. Rodgers also set a single season record with 2,466 total yards.

Rodgers garnered little interest from Division I programs out of Pleasant Valley with only one offer, that of a walk-on, from the University of Illinois. He declined the Illinois invitation in order to attend Butte College. There Rodgers was discovered by California football head coach Jeff Tedford in 2003 as a freshman, while recruiting Garrett Cross, who attended Chico High School.

College careerEdit

2003Edit

As a junior college transfer from Butte Community College in Oroville, California, Rodgers had three years of eligibility. He was named the starting quarterback for the University of California, Berkeley in the fifth game of the 2003 season, against the only team that offered him a division I opportunity out of high school, Illinois. He helped lead the Golden Bears to an 8–6 record, including an upset overtime win over then-No. 3 ranked University of Southern California in his second career start and an Insight Bowl victory against the Virginia Tech Hokies. In 2003, Rodgers tied the school season record for 300 yard games with 5 and set a school record for lowest percentage of passes intercepted at 1.43%.[3]

2004Edit

As a junior, Rodgers led California to the No. 4 regular season ranking. The Bears lost only one regular season game that year, a closely contested and well-played game at #1 Southern California, 23-17. In that game, Rodgers set a school record for consecutive completed passes with 26 and tied an NCAA record with 23 consecutive passes completed in one game. Rodgers set a school single game record for passing completion, completing 85.3% of his passes in that game. Rodgers also holds the school career record for lowest percentage of passes intercepted at 1.95%.[3] Despite these records, the Bears had 1st and goal with 1:47 remaining, but the Bears did not score the game-winning touchdown in a game ending sequence that included three incomplete passes and a sack against USC.[4]

After Texas was picked over Cal for a Rose Bowl berth, the Bears earned a spot in the Holiday Bowl, where they lost to Texas Tech, 45-31.[5] After the season, Rodgers entered the 2005 NFL Draft.

College career statisticsEdit

Passing Rushing
Year Team Comp Att Pct Yds YPA Td Int Rate Att Yds Avg Td
2003 Cal 215 349 61.6 2,903 8.3 19 5 146.58 86 210 2.4 5
2004 Cal 209 316 66.1 2,566 8.1 24 8 154.35 74 126 1.7 3
Totals 424 665 63.8 5,469 8.2 43 13 150.27 160 336 2.10 8
Source:[6][7]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • 2003 Honorable mention All-Pac-10[8]
  • 2003 Insight Bowl Offensive MVP
  • 2004 Cal Co-Offensive MVP[citation needed]
  • 2004 First-team All-Pac-10[9]
  • 2004 Second-team Academic All-Pac-10[10]
  • 2004 Honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated[11]

Professional careerEdit

Green Bay PackersEdit

Backup seasons (2005–2007)Edit

Rodgers was expected to be selected early in the 2005 NFL Draft and was thought of as the potential number one pick overall. He had posted impressive numbers as a junior with Cal throwing for 2,320 yards with a 67.5 completion rating. He had tied an NCAA record when he completed 23 consecutive passes against the eventual national champions, USC. He threw for 24 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions in his last college season, impressing many NFL scouts. His slip to the 24th choice became one of the biggest stories of the draft, though he was still the second quarterback taken in the draft. In addition to the fact that many teams drafting between second and 22rd positions had positional needs more pressing than quarterback, Rodgers' relatively short stature (6'2") may have contributed to his precipitous slide. Rodgers is one of six quarterbacks coached by Jeff Tedford to be drafted in the first round, joining Akili Smith, Trent Dilfer, Joey Harrington, and Kyle Boller.

In August 2005, Rodgers agreed to a reported five-year, $7.7 million deal that included $5.4 million in guaranteed money and had the potential to pay him as much as $24.5 million if all incentives and escalators were met.

Rodgers spent a disappointing 4–12 2005 season as the Packers' #2 quarterback behind Brett Favre. Rodgers had little playing time during the year, but did see time in a win against the New Orleans Saints and in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

When Favre decided to continue his career into the 2006 season, Rodgers was forced to continue in his role as the second quarterback on the depth chart.

On November 19, 2006, Rodgers broke his left foot against the New England Patriots in a 35–0 defeat at home while filling in for an injured Favre and missed the remainder of the 2006 season. Rodgers made a full recovery and was ready for the start of the 2007 season.

Weeks after an emotional interview with NBC's Andrea Kramer following the team's season-ending victory at Chicago, Favre announced he would stay with the Packers for the 2007 season, again postponing Rodgers' hopes of becoming the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback. Prior to the 2007 season, rumors surfaced about a potential trade involving Rodgers in which he would be traded to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Randy Moss.[12] However, Moss was traded to the New England Patriots during the second day of the 2007 NFL Draft, and Rodgers stayed in Green Bay. The Raiders received a 4th-round draft choice in the trade for Moss.

Rodgers stepped in when Favre was injured in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football on November 29, 2007. Rodgers completed 18 passes for 201 yards, with no interceptions. He also threw his first touchdown pass, but was sacked three times. Rodgers brought the team back from a 17 point deficit to a 3 point deficit, but the Cowboys went on to win 37–27.

Starting seasonsEdit

2008Edit

Brett Favre's retirement announcement on March 4, 2008, opened up the Packers' starting quarterback position to Rodgers for the 2008–09 season. Although Favre decided to return from retirement, he was traded to the New York Jets, meaning Rodgers would remain the starter.[13]

With Rodgers making his debut as a starter, the Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 24–19 at Lambeau Field. This marked the first time since 1992 that a quarterback other than Favre started a regular season game for the Packers. Rodgers ended the game with 178 yards passing and 2 touchdowns (1 passing/1 rushing).[14] In just his second NFL start the following week, Rodgers was voted the FedEx Air award winner after passing for 328 yards and three touchdowns in a win against the Detroit Lions.[15] During the fourth week of the season, Rodgers streak of 157 consecutive pass attempts without an interception ended when he was intercepted by Derrick Brooks of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The streak was the third longest in franchise history behind Bart Starr (294) and Favre (163).[16] Rodgers suffered a severe shoulder sprain in the game but continued to start and played well in a win against the Seattle Seahawks two weeks later which to many proved his toughness.[17] Despite early successes, Rodgers had been unable to win a close game during the season despite seven opportunities to do so.[18][19][20] On October 31, 2008, Rodgers signed a six year, $65 million contract extension through the 2014 season.[21][22]

2009Edit

For the opening game of the 2009 regular season, Rodgers recorded his first win in a comeback situation when his team was trailing entering the 4th quarter when he made a fifty yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings with about a minute remaining in the game to help beat the Bears 21-15.[23] Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for October 2009 when he passed for 988 yards, completed 74.5 percent of his passes, and had a passer rating over 110 for all three games played during the month.[24] After getting off to a mediocre 4-4 start to the season, and a devastating loss to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team started to heat up. Rodgers led the Packers to five straight wins, in which he threw for 1,324 yards, 9 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. Rodgers and the Packers won 2 of their last 3 games, finishing the second half of the season with a 7-1 record and an overall 11-5 record; that was good enough to secure a wild card playoff berth and clinch the 5th seed in the playoffs. Rodgers also made history, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history ever to throw for 4,000 yards in both of his first two years as a starter.[25] His passing yardage was good for second all-time in Packers history behind only Lynn Dickey's all-time single-season record.[26]

In his first action as a starter in the playoffs against the Arizona Cardinals, Rodgers first pass was intercepted by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. However, Rodgers settled down after that miscue to finish the game 28 of 42 for 422 yards with four touchdowns. Despite the big game he had offensively, the Packers lost the game when Rodgers fumbled in overtime, which was returned by Karlos Dansby for the winning score for a 51-45 Cardinals victory. It was the highest scoring playoff game in NFL history.[27]

Due to his regular season performance, Rodgers earned a trip to his first Pro Bowl as the NFC's third Quarterback, behind Drew Brees and Brett Favre. However, after Favre dropped out due to injury and Brees was replaced due to his participation in Super Bowl XLIV, Rodgers became the NFC's starter for the game. He finished the day 15 of 19 passing with 197 yards and two touchdowns, despite the NFC losing the game.

2010Edit

After leading his team to a 2–0 start in 2010, the Packers lost three of their next four games including back-to-back overtime losses. The two overtime defeats brought Rodgers' record in overtime games to 0–5. In Week 14 of the season, Rodgers sustained his second concussion of the season. Backup Matt Flynn was put into the game as Rodgers' replacement. The Packers lost the game 7–3 to the Detroit Lions. It was the Lions first division win since 2007, snapping a 19-game losing streak against division rivals.[7][8] Rodgers missed the next week's regular season start, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 45, which is tied for the second longest in team history.[9] However, Rodgers turned around the team's performance, winning the final two regular season games against the New York Giants and Chicago Bears, both de-facto playoff elimination games.[10]

With a 10–6 record, the Packers entered the NFL playoffs as the #6 seed Wild Card. Rodgers led the Packers past the top three seeds in the NFC on the road in consecutive weeks. In the Wild Card round, they defeated the #3 seeded Philadelphia Eagles 21–16. In the divisional round, Rodgers completed 31 of 36 pass attempts for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 48–21 victory over the #1 seeded Atlanta Falcons.[11] During the contest with the Falcons, Rodgers tied an NFL record for consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes (3 games). On January 23, 2011, Rodgers struggled with a 55.4 passer rating as the Packers beat the #2 seed Chicago Bears 21–14 win to capture the NFC Championship.[12] The Packers earned a trip to Super Bowl XLV, which they won, 31–25, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rodgers completed 24 of 39 pass attempts for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win and was named Super Bowl XLV MVP for his performance.[13][14]

He was named the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year for the 2010 season.[15]

2011Edit

Rodgers got the Packers off to a 13–0 start in 2011 until being beat by the Kansas City Chiefs. Rodgers played the best season in his career to date, throwing for 4,643 yards, 45 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions, good for a passer rating of 122.5, which is now the best single season passer rating in NFL history. These numbers earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Month award for September, October, and November, FedEx Air Player of the Week six times (Weeks 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, & 13) and was the winner of the 2011 Galloping Gobbler for MVP in the Thanksgiving game between the Packers and the Detroit Lions, a 27-15 Green Bay victory. He also tied an NFL record for consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes (13). Rodgers and the Packers finished the regular season with a 15-1 record, playing in 15 of the 16 games, with the only exception being week 17 vs. the Detroit Lions, a game in which the Packers were able to rest Rodgers after clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs the previous week.

Touchdown celebrationEdit

Since becoming a starter, Rodgers has become known for his unique touchdown celebration which he and his teammates have dubbed the "Championship Belt". After a scoring play Rodgers celebrates by making a motion as if he is putting an invisible belt on around his waist.[16][17] Teammate Greg Jennings said of the celebration: "It's just something fun that he does. We get excited when we see it cause we know that he's made a play or we've made a play as offense."[18] The gesture drew the praise of World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Triple H and has become common for Green Bay fans to mimic the celebration as a point of pride during games.[18]

During the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs on January 15, 2011 against the Atlanta Falcons, Rodgers was sacked by Falcons defensive end John Abraham who performed the celebration immediately following the play. It was Abraham's only sack of the night. Minutes later, Rodgers scored a rushing touchdown and did the celebration in the Falcons' endzone. The Packers went on to win the game 48–21.[18]

After scoring a touchdown in the NFC Championship game, fellow Packer B. J. Raji celebrated using the "Championship Belt" celebration.[19]

While holding the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLV, Rodgers' teammate Clay Matthews placed a replica of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt on Rodgers shoulder.

Rodgers' celebration is also featured in a State Farm commercial in which he appears, the celebration is called the "Discount Double Check".[20] A second State Farm commercial with Rodgers featured teammate Raji doing the celebratory move.[21]

Professional statisticsEdit

Regular Season
  Passing Rushing Fumbles W-L Record
Year Team G GS Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Fum Lost As Starter
2005 GNB 3 0 9 16 56.3 65 4.1 0 1 39.8 2 7 3.5 0 2 2 0-0
2006 GNB 2 0 6 15 40.0 46 3.1 0 0 48.2 2 11 5.5 0 1 1 0-0
2007 GNB 2 0 20 28 71.4 218 7.8 1 0 106.0 7 29 4.1 0 0 0 0-0
2008 GNB 16 16 341 536 63.6 4,038 7.5 28 13 93.8 56 207 3.7 4 10 3 6-10
2009 GNB 16 16 350 541 64.7 4,434 8.2 30 7 103.2 58 316 5.4 5 10 4 11-5
2010 GNB 15 15 312 475 65.7 3,922 8.3 28 11 101.2 64 356 5.6 4 4 1 10-5
2011 GNB 15 15 343 502 68.3 4,643 9.2 45 6 122.5* 60 257 4.3 3 4 0 14-1
Totals 69 62 1,381 2,113 65.4 17,366 8.2 132 38 104.1* 249 1,183 4.8 16 31 11 41-21
Source: pro-football-reference.com
^* NFL single-season record
Postseason
  Passing Rushing Fumbles W-L Record
Year Team G GS Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Fum Lost As Starter
2007 GNB 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0-0
2009 GNB 1 1 28 42 66.7 423 10.1 4 1 121.4 3 13 4.3 1 1 1 0-1
2010 GNB 4 4 90 132 68.2 1,094 8.3 9 2 109.8 14 54 3.9 2 2 1 4-0
2011 GNB 1 1 26 46 56.5 264 5.7 2 1 78.5 7 66 9.4 0 1 1 0-1
Totals 7 6 144 220 65.5 1,781 8.1 15 4 105.5 24 133 5.5 3 4 3 4-2
Source: pro-football-reference.com

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wilner, Barry. Calvin Johnson, Jared Allen lead All-Pro voting. The Associated Press. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  2. Prisco, Pete. Postseason awards: It's close, but passer rating makes Rodgers MVP. CBSSports.com. Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  3. Player Season Finder Query Results: For single seasons, from 1920 to 2011, played QB, requiring Pass Attempts >= 50, sorted by descending Passer Rating.. Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  4. NFL Career Passer Rating Leaders. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  5. NFL Career Pass Interception % Leaders. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
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  7. (AP) – Dec 12, 2010 (2010-12-12). The Associated Press: Rodgers' status unclear after concussion. Google.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-30.
  8. "ions beat Packers 7–3 without Rodgers, snap skids", Sports Illustrated. 
  9. Green Bay Press Gazette. "Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn has fine 1st road start", Green Bay Press Gazette, 2010-12-19. Retrieved on 2010-12-20. 
  10. Jason Wilde. "Packers 10, Bears 3: Nothing Comes Easy", Channel3000.com, 2011-01-02. Retrieved on 2011-01-24. 
  11. Newberry, Paul. "Rodgers stars in Green Bay’s 48–21 rout of Falcons", AP via Yahoo Sports, 2011-01-16. Retrieved on 2011-01-24. 
  12. Aaron Rodgers. ESPN.
  13. Aaron Rodgers tosses 3 TD passes as Packers drop Steelers to win Super Bowl XLV. ESPN (2011-02-06). Retrieved on 2011-02-07.
  14. Layden, Tim. "Green And Golden: Behind the poise and precision of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the gutsy contributions of a host of role players, the Packers burnished their championship legacy with a memorable 31—25 victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV", Sports Illustrated, Time Inc., February 14, 2011. Retrieved on 2011-02-11. 
  15. Aaron Rodgers voted FedEx Air NFL Player Of The Year. Packers.com. Retrieved on 2011-02-02.
  16. http://realfantasy.sportspagenetwork.com/2011/01/The-Evolution-Of-Aaron-Rodgers-Weird-Belt-Dance.aspx
  17. http://www.sportsgrid.com/nfl/aaron-rodgers-championship-belt-celebration/
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcwa2EvQ61Y
  19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dO828YUmlg
  20. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9Rv7czl9cU
  21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxYJb2ScuXM

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