Aaron Rodgers is one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in NFL history. Born on December 2nd 1983 in Chico, California USA, Rodgers showed an inherent talent for football from the time he could walk. At age 2, Rodgers would sit and watch an entire NFL game.
He was an extremely gifted sportsman even as a young boy, with a passion for baseball, basketball, and of course, football.
Rodgers has amassed some of the most coveted NFL records and achievements in the course of his career.
In this article, we’ll be taking a look at all things Aaron Rodgers, including a look at his early life, his professional career with the NFL and a selection of his awards and achievements.
Early Life And Childhood
Born to father Edward Wesley Rodgers and mother Darla Leigh, Aaron Rodgers is the second of three sons and of English, German, and Irish heritage.
His father, Edward Rodgers, played for the Chico State Wildcats for three years. This is something which Aaron states gave him inspiration.
He is an incredibly fast learner, and from age five he could throw a football at targets and through a hanging tire.
Fast forwarding to post high school, Rodgers attended Butte Community College in North California. He then received an athletic scholarship from the University of California, where he played for the California Golden Bears for a year.
Aaron Rodger’s Career Highlights: 2005 – Present
In 2005, Rodgers was selected by his current team, the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Draft of that year.
Rodgers had expressed a great desire to be selected for by the San Francisco 49ers, but they went with Alex Smith instead.
He settled a five-year deal with the Packers worth $7.7 million in August 2005. Despite Rodger’s talents and skill, he made few appearances for the team in his rookie season.
In the 2008 season, Rodgers became the starting quarterback due to the retirement of Brett Favre. In the 2008 season, Rodgers finished with some incredible stats including 28 touchdowns and more than 4000 passing yards.
Moving into the 2009 season, Rodgers gave an equally brilliant performance. In October 2009 he was named ‘Best Offensive Player Of The Month.’
He was named the ‘FedEx Air NFL Player Of The Year’ in 2010, owing to his exemplary performance in that season.
He set many NFL records in both this season and the 2011 season. Finishing 2011 by leading the Green Bay Packers to victory in the Super Bowl.
Rodgers maintained his position as one of the top performers in the NFL seasons that followed.
What Records/Achievements Does Rodgers Hold?
Of the the many records and achievements in Aaron Rodger’s incredible career, one of the most prestigious is the MVP award.
He won his first MVP back in 2011 for one of his best years which included 4,643 passing yards and 45 touchdown. This same year he also held the NFL record 122.5 passer rating.
It was also in 2011 that Rodgers was awarded the Super Bowl XLV’s MVP. This was thanks to their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He earned a second NFL MVP award in 2014. Other notable awards include the NFL Offensive Player of The Year award, which he won twice (in 2011 and 2014 respectively).
As we’ve mentioned, he won the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year Award, in 2010 and in 2014. In terms of NFL records, Rodgers has plenty to his name.
These include ‘most consecutive games with a least three touchdown passes and no interceptions’ and ‘first player in the history of the NFL to pass over 4000 yards in their first two seasons as quarterback.’
What Makes Aaron Rodgers So Good?
Rodger’s precision is what sets him apart from other players. He has one of the most accurate aims in the entire NFL.
This precision is absolutely deadly, and has gotten Rodger’s team out of some incredibly difficult situations.
What’s more, Aaron Rodgers holds a 4.6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. These number make him the most talented QB of all time.
For context if you take a quarterback like Drew Brees, widely accepted as the most accurate passer ever, Brees’ numbers aren’t even close to that of Rodgers.
Has Aaron Rodgers Sustained Any Injuries?
Yes, Rodgers broke his collarbone in the 2017 season. This led to him playing just seven games of that season. It also led to the end of the Packer’s eight-year playoff streak.
Once recovered, he led the Packers in all 16 games of the 2018 season. He threw 25 touchdowns to a career low 2 interceptions. Green Bay lacked in defense and ended on a 6-9-1 record which meant they missed the playoffs.
This disappointing season led the Packers to an off-season coaching change, which resulted in them winning 13 games in the 2019 season. In this season, Rodgers threw for 4,002 yards and made 26 touchdowns.
What’s The Deal With Aaron Rodgers?
The NFL reported back in March 15th 2022 that, after a lot of speculation and whispers, Rodger’s contract extension with the Green Bay Packers is green lit.
ESPN reports that the contract extension will be for three years, with two voidable years in 2025 and 2026. The deal is valued at $150.8 million.
There was some speculation about Rodger’s future with the Green Bay Packer, after a yearlong back and forth with the Packers about his future with them. Entering into the 2022 League Year, he had one more year on his contract with them.
Rodger’s Personal Life
Despite the fact that Rodgers and his brothers were raised as Christians, in 2017 Rodgers stated in an interview that he did not follow any organized religion.
From 2014 to 2017 Rodgers was in a relationship with model and actress Olivia Munn.
In 2018, he began dating former race-car driver Danica Patrick. Their relationship ended in the first half of 2020.
In the same year, Rodgers announced that he is a limited partner in the ‘Milwaukee Bucks’ ownership group. This makes him the first active NFL player with a stake in an NBA franchise.
In the second half of 2020, Rodgers started dating actress Shailene Woodley. The pair announced their engagement in 2021, but they broke it off in February 2022.
In January 2022, ESPN reported that Rodgers had not spoken to his parents or brothers for a number of years. He declined to disclose a reason for his estranged relationship.
What Is Aaron Rodger’s Net Worth?
Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Rodger’s has a net worth of roughly $120 million. This places him at number 45 in the rankings of highest-paid athletes in the world.
It’s estimated that he earns in excess of $30.1 million in endorsements and salaries.
Along with David Gruber, Aaron Rodgers is the founder and co-creator of itsAaron, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of organizations and individuals who are changing the world.
Rodgers is an avid support of the MACC Fund and has made numerous charitable contributions to the Fund.
Rodger’s an invaluable member of the Green Bay Packers, leading them to numerous victories and NFL records.
His precision and aim are yet to be surpassed by any player in the NFL.
Over his career Aaron Rodgers has amassed an incredible roster of honors and awards, and he has no intention of retiring anytime soon!