Aaron Rodgers is the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, and has led his team to Super Bowl XLV with his leadership and strong competitive spirit.
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback History
Aaron Rodgers grew up in Chico, California. He played football and set records as the quarterback of his high school team. Rodgers was not just a dumb jock, but was smart and successful academically as well. Rodgers had a 3.6 GPA, and scored a 1300 score on his SAT exams.
In college as well Rodgers set records and was a successful quarterback. The record he was best known for was least interceptions thrown. Rodgers brought his team to the Insight Bowl, which he won, and the Rose Bowl which he lost. Rodgers decided to forgo his senior year and entered the 2005 NFL draft.
As a first round draft choice by the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers was destined to sit on the bench behind the Packers star quarterback Brett Favre. Rodgers sat for three years, getting very little playing time. When Favre retired, for the first time, Rodgers was named the new starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Despite Favre quickly coming out of retirement, Rodgers kept the job, as Favre was traded away.
Rodgers has since become one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks, leading his team, the Green Bay Packers, to the playoffs in 2009, which the Packers lost, and now in 2011 to a Super Bowl XLV appearance.
Rodgers Makes The Smart Choice
As a young first round draft choice quarterback, Rodgers could have gone wherever he wanted. He chose to sit, and continue sitting, behind Brett Favre, knowing that eventually he will get his chance. In the meantime he recognized that he was given the opportunity to sit and learn the ropes from one of the NFL’s all time elite quarterbacks.
Rodgers might have been able to work hard and land a starting position with another team, and be a good NFL quarterback. Instead, Aaron Rodgers made the smart choice, though I am sure it was a difficult choice, and stay with the Packers, learning from the best, biding his time until he would be given an opportunity. That smart choice to sit behind Brett Favre turned Aaron Rodgers into not just a good quarterback, but into one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL today.