Aaron Rodgers has just been named MVP for the third time in his illustrious career. After a year where he led a historic offense, the Packers quarterback was named first-team all-pro and broke many records. Rodgers is now tied for the second most MVP awards of all time with Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas, Tom Brady, and Brett Favre. Peyton Manning leads the group with five. Needless to say, he is in some elite company.
An MVP season is bound to come with some record-breaking moments. Rodgers set career highs in completion percentage, interception percentage, and touchdowns. He had 51 total touchdowns, 48 in the air and three on the ground, and only threw five interceptions in the regular season. He completed 70.7 percent of his passes which is higher than any year of his career. Not only did Rodgers have an MVP season, but it might’ve also been his best season yet.
Aside from career highs, Rodgers rewrote some history in the NFL record books. He became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 400 touchdowns. Although the feat alone is impressive, he is the only player in history to reach the milestone with fewer than 100 interceptions.
Rodgers also made some history in the passer rating department. He moved into second place for the highest single-season passer rating with 121.5. He now sits second all-time in single-season passer rating behind… Aaron Rodgers. He now holds the number one and number two spots on that list. He also broke the record for most games in a season with a passer rating above 100 with 14 such games.
Throughout the season Rodgers had some moments that made everyone watching realize he was the MVP.
1. 99 Yard drive vs. Philly
Aaron Rodgers launched this from 8 yards in his own endzone and Davante Adams came down with it in triple coverage for 42 yards. pic.twitter.com/TH7kUmHnfl
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) December 6, 2020
Standing eight yards deep in his own endzone, under pressure, he fit a pass into double coverage to Adams. Rodgers under duress displayed his ability to make any throw off of any platform and make it look easy. Eventually, the drive would be capped off with Rodgers throwing his 400th touchdown pass.
2. Sunday Night vs. Tennessee
This is perhaps the game that locked down the MVP for Rodgers. Sunday Night Football, versus a twelve win team, in the snow, and the number one seed on the line. What did Rodgers do? A four-touchdown performance and a 128.1 passer rating. Not only did the Packers win, but they also did it in a blowout. The Packers won the game 40-14 with Rodgers showing the country why they were the number one offense in football.
3. Only Rodgers
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 23, 2020
In a game where the Packers took the lead early, Indianapolis stormed back and took the lead. Rodgers had a chance to force overtime with the ball in his hands at the end of the game. On third and ten with 94 yards to the endzone, he delivered a dime to MVS in triple coverage. The 46-yard connection would set up a field goal opportunity to send the game into overtime.
Rodgers earned his well-deserved MVP award in a year where there was so much uncertainty. The NFL landscape was vastly changed with the pandemic. There was no preseason and no training camp. All off-season Rodgers’ ability was questioned with many calling him “washed.” However, through all of this, he prevailed and went on to be first-team all-pro and MVP. He shows no sign of slowing down and will look to add another MVP and super bowl to his resume next season. Some believe he may not be in Green Bay next season, but all signs point to another dominant season with the Pack.