Aaron Rodgers Has Gone Where No NFL Quarterback Has Gone Before

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It’s official. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers now has 289 touchdown passes in his career, compared to just 72 interceptions. What those numbers now mean is that Rodgers now has jumped over the four to one ratio in terms of touchdown passes versus interceptions.

Rodgers is now at a 4.01 ratio.  That is truly remarkable and unheard of. Why? Because no quarterback in NFL history, based on 1,500 passing attempts, has reached even a three to one ratio.

I wrote about the excellent TD pass to pick ratio of Rodgers four years ago when I was writing for Bleacher Report, but at that point Rodgers was the only NFL QB to ever be at a three to one ratio.

Now Rodgers has eclipsed that mark and has gone to another stratosphere.

In addition to that, Rodgers has the highest passer rating in the history of the NFL with a mark of 103.8. Rodgers is the only quarterback to be currently over the 100 mark. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks once was, but now sits at 99.0.

Let’s compare the passer rating, plus the touchdown to interception ratio of Rodgers versus some other quarterbacks who are already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and also some who will definitely get to Canton someday.

Aaron Rodgers

Passer Rating: 103.8

Touchdown Passes: 289

Interceptions: 72

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 4.01

Tom Brady

Passer Rating: 97.1

Touchdown Passes: 450

Interceptions: 152

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 2.96

Steve Young

Passer Rating: 96.8

Touchdown Passes: 232

Interceptions: 107

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 2.16

Peyton Manning

Passer Rating: 96.5

Touchdown Passes: 539

Interceptions: 251

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 2.15

Drew Brees

Passer Rating: 96.2

Touchdown Passes: 458

Interceptions: 219

TD Pass to Interception Ratio:  2.09

Philip Rivers

Passer Rating: 95.0

Touchdown Passes: 308

Interceptions: 152

TD Pass to Interception Ratio:  2.03

Ben Roethlisberger

Passer Rating: 94.0

Touchdown Passes: 297

Interceptions: 158

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 1.88

Kurt Warner

Passer Rating: 93.7

Touchdown Passes: 208

Interceptions: 128

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 1.62

Joe Montana

Passer Rating: 92.3

Touchdown Passes: 273

Interceptions: 139

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 1.96

Otto Graham

Passer Rating: 86.6

Touchdown Passes: 174

Interceptions: 135

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 1.29

Dan Marino

Passer Rating: 86.4

Touchdown Passes: 420

Interceptions: 252

TD pass to Interception Ratio: 1.66

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Brett Favre

Passer Rating: 86.0

Touchdown Passes: 508

Interceptions: 336

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 1.51

I’m not comparing Rodgers to any Hall of Fame quarterback who had a career passer rating below 85. This would include Jim Kelly (84.4), Roger Staubach (83.4), Sonny Jurgenson (82.6), Len Dawson (82.6), Troy Aikman (81.6), Warren Moon (80.9), Bart Starr (80.5), Fran Tarkenton (80.4), Dan Fouts (80.2), John Elway (79.9) and Johnny Unitas (78.2).

Now let’s also compare Rodgers to some current quarterbacks who certainly have a chance to get a bust in Canton some day.

Russell Wilson

Passer Rating: 99.0

Touchdown Passes: 119

Interceptions: 44

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 2.70

Tony Romo

Passer Rating: 97.1

Touchdown Passes: 247

Interceptions: 117

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 2.11

Matt Ryan

Passer Rating: 92.8

Touchdown Passes: 232

Interceptions: 114

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 2.04

Matthew Stafford

Passer Rating: 87.1

Touchdown Passes: 185

Interceptions: 105

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 2.04

Cam Newton

Passer Rating: 87.0

Touchdown Passes: 132

Interceptions: 73

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 1.81

Andrew Luck

Passer Rating: 86.8

Touchdown Passes: 126

Interceptions: 65

TD Pass to Interception Ratio: 1.94

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So far in his career, Rodgers was won the NFL MVP award twice, in 2011 and 2014. His performance in 2016, especially as of late, has suddenly put Rodgers in the discussion of winning a third MVP.

Through 13 games this season, Rodgers has thrown 32 touchdown passes versus seven picks for 3,529 yards. That adds up to a passer rating of 101.1.

Just in the past four games, No. 12 has thrown 10 TD passes without throwing an interception for 1,119 yards. His cumulative passer rating over those four games is 122.85.

Early this season there was some concern about the supposed declining play of Rodgers, as he had gone 14 straight games (including the postseason) without reaching the 100 mark in terms of a passer rating.

In fact, the passer rating for Rodgers was just 92.7 for the 2015 season, after having six consecutive years of being over 100 in that category.

But even with the decline in the passer rating last season, Rodgers still was magnificent in terms of his touchdown pass to interception ratio, as he threw 31 TD passes versus just eight picks.

Rodgers has quashed all the declining play talk in 2016, as he has gone over the 100 passer rating plateau seven times already this season in terms of his passer rating.

Rodgers also holds the single-best passer rating for a season, when he had a 122.5 mark in 2011.

In addition, Rodgers and the Packers won Super Bowl XLV, when No. 12 was named the MVP of that game. Rodgers is ranked fifth all-time with a career postseason passer rating of 98.2.

Rodgers has thrown 27 touchdown passes versus eight interceptions for 3,454 yards in the postseason. That adds up to a 3.38 TD pass to pick ratio.

Starr leads the way with a mark of 104.8 in the postseason in terms of a career passer rating. Starr threw 15 touchdown passes versus just three picks in the postseason, when he led the Packers to five NFL championships in seven years, including the first two Super Bowls.

That adds up to an astonishing five to one ratio in terms of touchdown passes versus picks for Starr in the postseason.

Bottom line, Rodgers has reached a realm in passing the football in the NFL that many thought was impossible to achieve.

Just think about it again. Rodgers has now thrown four touchdown passes for every interception he has thrown in his NFL career.

Plus, he is the only QB in NFL history currently with a career passer rating of over 100.

Those are two truly exceptional achievements.

Only Wilson has had a passer rating above the 100 mark in his career at one point, while no one, not even Brady, has ever reached even the three to one ratio of touchdown passes to interceptions his NFL career, based on 1,500 passing attempts.

Now Rodgers has gone to another level by having a four to one TD to interception ratio in his NFL career.

That puts Rodgers on Mount Olympus looking down at all the other great quarterbacks who have ever played in the NFL.

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