1) Introduction: Aaron Rodgers is the face of this franchise, and not just for his discount doub– err . . . championship belt celebration. He received this year’s Associated Press NFL MVP Award for leading his team to a 15-1 record, breaking the single-season passer rating along the way (122.5). In his fourth season as starting quarterback for the Packers, he gives fans an enormous amount of hope for more Super Bowl titles.
Aaron Charles Rodgers
Weight: 225 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season: As the reigning Super Bowl MVP, Aaron Rodgers was expected to lead the Packers to a return title in 2011. He obviously couldn’t do it alone, but Green Bay wouldn’t be able to do it without him at the helm. Hopes were that he could stay healthy (i.e., avoid concussions) and build upon the three previous seasons as a starter.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Aaron Rodgers’ entire season just seemed to be one long highlight reel. His consistently superior level of play made even the smallest of errors a shock to fans. He boasted a passer rating of over 140 in four separate games; however, it was his one-minute, game-winning drive against the New York Giants that really stuck out for me this season. As for lowlights, it’s hard to avoid the lone regular season loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and gut-wrenching miscues in the postseason game.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: It has been said many times before, but Aaron Rodgers makes every other player around him more successful. From the offensive line to the running back, he is the ultimate game changer. Rodgers threw for a career best 45 touchdowns and 4,643 yards as a starter in 2011, as well as a career low 6 interceptions. He is hands down the best player on the team right now.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: How much of the loss can you really put on the shoulders of Aaron Rodgers? No, he did not play his very best, but he played well enough to win. Shaky offensive line play and a plethora of dropped passes made him look worse than he actually was. He should certainly take at least partial credit for the fumble and misfire to Greg Jennings early in the game; still, Rodgers had more rushing yards (66) than any running back and couldn’t be expected to do it all on his own.