Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers hopes to become just the 13th quarterback with multiple … [+]
They are the Dynamic Dozen.
In the 54 years the NFL has held a Super Bowl, only 12 men quarterbacks have won multiple championships.
Tom Brady leads the way with six, while Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana have four each. Troy Aikman won three Super Bowl titles, while Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, John Elway, Ben Roethlisberger, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett and Bob Griese all have two.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is hoping at this time next month, there’s a 13th name on the list — his own.
While Rodgers is one of the top signal callers in league history, he’s won just one Super Bowl. Interestingly, there are 21 quarterbacks that have captured one Super Bowl.
Rodgers and the No. 1 seeded Packers (13-3) host the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Rams (11-6) Saturday at 3:30 in the NFC Divisional playoffs. Rodgers knows if he can win a second Super Bowl title this postseason — and become the 13th quarterback with multiple rings — his place in NFL history will jump several notches.
“Obviously I would love to win one. It’s been a long time,” said Rodgers, who led the Packers to a win in the 45th Super Bowl. “There’s been a lot of ball between now and February 6th, 2011, which was a beautiful day. It’s important to all of us.
“The Super Bowl is obviously a big part of the way that quarterbacks are judged and teams in general are judged. It has always and will always take a team to do it. Hopefully this is the team to do it this year.”
Rodgers, who is likely to win his third MVP award this season, already holds a handful of passing records and could challenge several more before he’s through. Among those are:
• Passer rating — 1st, 103.9
• TD/INT ratio — 1st, 4.63-to-1 (412/89)
• Interception percentage — 1st, 1.35%
• Career passing touchdowns — 7th, 412
• Career passing yards — 11th, 51,245
• Career passing completion percentage — 12th, 65.1%
Rodgers is also the only quarterback in league history to record a passer rating of 100, or more, in six straight seasons (2009-14). And Rodgers is the only quarterback in league history to throw at least 40 touchdowns and have seven, or fewer, interceptions in the same season — something he’s done three times (2011, 2016, 2020).
“The physical ability of Aaron (Rodgers) and his talent as a thrower, as a mover, all of that I think is obvious to people,” said Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, who will try to stymie Rodgers on Saturday. “But I think the game within the game that makes the truly elite quarterbacks special is how they beat you with their mind. He has full command over what’s happening on the field, and that’s what truly makes him special.”
Rodgers fancies himself a historian of the league. And while he understands the numbers he’s posted during his 13 years as a starter are unique, he’s also part of a large pool of quarterbacks that have won at least one Super Bowl.
While that list includes Hall of Famers such as Brett Favre, Steve Young, Kurt Warner and Joe Namath, it also includes more non-descript players such as Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Jeff Hostetler and Mark Rypien.
Rodgers has a chance to separate himself from many of those players by winning a second Super Bowl this postseason.
“I really do cherish these opportunities and we’re going to make the most of them,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers has a 10-8 record in the postseason (.556), has thrown 40 touchdowns vs. 12 interceptions, and has a passer rating of 100.0. But Rodgers has struggled mightily in NFC Championship Games, going just 1-3 in those contests.
Among the lowlights are:
2010 — Rodgers threw a pair of interceptions, no touchdowns and finished with a passer rating of just 55.4 in a 21-14 win over Chicago. It was only due to the Packers’ defense that Rodgers and Green Bay advanced to the 45th Super Bowl.
2014 — Rodgers threw two interceptions, one touchdown and a had 55.8 passer rating in a 28-22 overtime loss to Seattle.
2016 — Atlanta led, 24-0, at halftime when Rodgers had no touchdown passes, one interception and a 65.6 passer rating. The Falcons stretched their lead to 31-0 in the third quarter before Rodgers beefed up his numbers during garbage time of a 44-21 loss.
2019 — Rodgers threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles in a 37-20 loss to San Francisco. Much like Atlanta in 2016, Rodgers struggled in the first half, when the Packers fell behind 27-0.
Rodgers has rebounded with a remarkable 2020 campaign, throwing 48 touchdown passes, five interceptions and finishing the season with a 121.5 passer rating. Now, Rodgers has a chance to add to his legacy and turn the ‘Dynamic Dozen’ into the ‘Terrific Thirteen.’
“I feel like I have been trying to cherish every moment a little bit more,” Rodgers said. “Different perspectives maybe with this season, with a lot of things that happened in the offseason and in my own personal growth.
“Just trying to live a little more positively and with a little more gratitude every single day, and thankful to be in this opportunity. To be one of the final four teams in the NFC and have a team that has the opportunity to go the distance.”
And in the process, cement his legacy.