Rodgers answers Favre question for the final time
Posted February 7, 2011
Aaron Rodgers will have to answer a lot of questions after winning the Super Bowl.
Will the victory change his status among the NFL’s best signal-callers? Who does he credit most with his development? When will he be going to Disney World?
But one question he won’t have to answer on this night, or any other for the rest of his imminently Pro-Bowl-laden career, is whether or not he’ll ever be able to fill the shoes of Brett Favre.
The 2010 season was a coronation for Rodgers and an abomination for Favre.
The former adds a Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl MVP to his resume.
The latter leaves the game with a broken body and a tainted image.
When Rodgers was taken by the Packers with the 24th overall selection in the 2005 NFL Draft, he stepped into an impossible situation.
How do you replace the franchise’s, if not the league’s, greatest quarterback ever?
Favre was the embodiment of Green Bay. He loved the cold and the snow – relished it, even.
The man with the unshaven face and blue jeans commercials had re-written the NFL record books and done so with a gunslinger’s mentality and a penchant for making clutch plays.
But while Rodgers may never have the stubble, the Southern drawl, or the highlight reel of off-balanced throws, he already has the same number of Super Bowl titles as his predecessor.
And he’s only 27 years old.
For the past seven months, while Favre was busy holding the Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback situation hostage and texting his way into Tiger Woods-like public relations purgatory, Rogers was in the midst of guiding his Packers team to a World Championship.
How much better of a leader was Rodgers this season?
He won Super Bowl XLV with a team that had more guys on injured reserve this year (15) than Favre had touchdown passes (11).
With his team’s win Sunday night, Aaron Rodgers is finally starting to get the credit he deserves as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Ironically, the victory marked the official conclusion of the very season the world witnessed the abrupt demise of the man whose shadow nobody thought Rodgers would ever be able to outrun.