Does a new stat prove Aaron Rodgers is the ‘GOAT’?

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Oct 30, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts after scoring a two point conversion against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Packers 33-32.
Oct 30, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts after scoring a two point conversion against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Packers 33-32.
With three more touchdown passes Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, will be the first ever to throw for 300 hundred touchdowns before throwing 100 interceptions.

Rodgers currently sits at 297 touchdowns and 72 interceptions. With that said, it is safe to say he will break this historical record.

Joining 10 other quarterbacks with 300-plus touchdowns, Rodgers will certainly stick out among having a drastically lower interception total.

According to Michael David Smith, of NBC, here is the total of interceptions for the other 10 when they reached the number 300:

Peyton Manning – 152

Brett Farve – 175

Drew Brees – 154

Tom Brady – 115

Dan Marino – 169

Fran Tarkenton – 219

Eli Manning – 205

Philip Rivers – 146

Ben Roethlisberger  – 160

John Elway – 226

Yes, it is true, Rodgers has only 72…

Chances are strong Rodgers could break this record either in the first or second week of this upcoming NFL season.


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This milestone record has widely been discussed over the past few days and sparked a topic on FS1’s Undisputed:

Rob Parker – longtime columnist – joined the show to say, not only is Rodgers the best in the history of the NFL but in the history of sports.

“Better than Bonds?” Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe asks, “yes,” Parker responds.

While acknowledging he is not the most accomplished ever, he does his job better than anyone ever has.

Parker is spot on when brings up Rodgers is the most skilled, accurate, and efficient.

On top of it all, his numbers back it up!

Sharpe adds that words can not even give Rodgers justice. And predicts he will have over 500 touchdowns in his career with fewer than 125 interceptions before his career ends.

The highest passer rating and touchdown-to-interception ratio of all-time is also held by Mr.Rodgers… and it isn’t even close.

To convince the one man on the table that disagrees, Skip Bayless, Sharpe says to build the perfect quarterback one would want legs like Elway, an arm like Marino, accuracy like Montana, and Rodgers is THAT all wrapped in one.

So, yes, like Parker says, “It isn’t even close” Rodgers is the greatest of all-time.

Tom Brady had played in 34 playoff games, his defense had given up more than 30 points… three times. Rodgers’ defense is averaging to give up 36 a game in losses.

Rodgers has NEVER scored less than 20 in a playoff game, Brady has nine times.

If only he had the team to back him up. If so, he would have the rings as well.

*For more on this discussion, Bobby Burack and Ian Glendon debate.

–– Bobby Burack is the national editor of cover32; Managing Editor for cover32 Packers; The host of the cover32 Podcast; host of ‘The cover32 Podcast’. Connect and follow on Twitter @bburack16.

 

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  • Alex Dodge

    I like Rodgers a lot and there’s no denying that if he continues his career and earns a couple more lombardi’s he will be considered the G.O.A.T. But just like every other great QB, he needs those Super Bowl wins to be considered not just great, but the greatest. And I know everybody’s reaction is that I’m just counting rings and ignoring stats. But at the end of the season they don’t add up the stats and give the Lombardi to the team with the best QB, in 9 years as a starter Rodgers has taken his team to just 1 Super Bowl.

    • Ian Glendon

      Well said. For as great as Rodgers is, he has only led the lead in TD or Yards once. Last year he led the league in touchdowns thrown. And it’s not like Brady doesn’t accumulate stats, he does. When you combine that with wins, and the fact that he has had one of the best stretches of his career the last three seasons, he is still the best now and of all time.

  • Chad Overbeek

    The answer is, No. Aaron Rodgers isn’t even the greatest Green Bay Quarterback yet! Rodgers may be the most efficient thrower and the most talented quarterback of all time. Stats are stats which this is only two, but you can not measure heart and leadership. Like Alex (above) had mentioned Rodgers has only lead his team to one championship. I’m not trying to compare Rodgers to Jay Cutler but Cutler was uber talented too but had no heart and no leadership.