Aaron Rodgers won his first Super Bowl in impressive fashion last weekend. In the process he sparked debate as to whether he is one of the best quarterbacks in professional American football.
The Green Bay Packers hurler took down the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV 31-25. The Texas showdown was a coming out party for Rodgers who made a number of excellent throws in the face of a top-ranked Steelers defence.
Leading up to the match Rodgers had established himself as a top 10 thrower based on the 2010 season. He took a team that barely qualified for the playoffs and guided it to three consecutive upsets over National Football Conference division winners the Philadelphia Eagles, the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears. Now with a Super Bowl ring the argument that he is in top five is an accurate one. Clearly Rodgers has jumped up to fifth-best among pro throwers.
Personally I feel the four names above him is a given. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots recently won the regular season Most Valuable Player award and is arguably the league’s best. A close second is Drew Brees, in spite of an early playoff exit for the New Orleans Saints. Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts is third because of all his statistical brilliance and fourth is Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, in large part because of his toughness and his two Super Bowl rings.