It’s safe to assume that, if he could, Aaron Rodgers would likely trade last season’s NFL most valuable player award for a better performance and victory in the playoffs over the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
However, individual accolades will have to continue to suffice, as the Green Bay Packers quarterback garnered another one in being voted No. 1 by his peers on NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2012”.
“It’s very humbling, it’s a great honor,” Rodgers said Wednesday night on NFL Network. “Any time you’re recognized with that professional respect from your peers, that really means a lot to me. So I’ve got to thank them for the votes.”
On his way to guiding the Packers to a league-best 15-1 record, Rodgers set the single-season record for passer rating (122.5) and threw for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns to just six interceptions.
Though other talented players among the top 10 were deserving of the top spot, it’s hard to argue with the players’ choice. You could certainly make a case for Drew Brees (No. 2) or Tom Brady (No. 4), especially Brees after throwing for a single-season record 5,496 yards to obliterate Dan Marino’s previous mark of 5,084 which had stood since 1984.
Numbers aside, though, Rodgers is the most dynamic quarterback in the NFL. If we’re splitting hairs between Rodgers, Brees and Brady when it comes to passing ability (and I’d say we are), then there’s no doubt Rodgers’ mobility sets him apart. It’s what makes him an all-around threat to defenses.