The NFL’s most historic franchise brought yet another championship home on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers shed the shadow of former quarterback Brett Favre by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. Favre’s replacement, Aaron Rodgers, delivered one of the greatest performances by a quarterback in Super Bowl history, earning him MVP honors; something Favre never did. Rodgers passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns; also something Favre never did. It took Favre five years as a starter in Green Bay to win a Super Bowl. In only took Rodgers three.
Still an old man fan? Here come the stats. In his Super Bowl-winning season, Favre completed 59.9 percent of his passes in the regular season. Rodgers completed 65.7 percent. Favre threw for 3,899 yards. Rodgers topped that with 3,922. Rodgers also had a higher passer rating with 101.2, topping Favre’s 95.8.
Postseason? The youngster still gets the nod. In their postseason games during their Super Bowl years, Rodgers outdid his former mentor again. The California product had a higher completion percentage than Favre, more passing yards, and a better passing rating throughout the postseason.
Let’s not forget that Rodgers is also a role model; he has yet to send nude pictures to a news reporter that could be his granddaughter. He has also yet to lie to an organization that embraced him as a hero and idol. Favre has not only done both of those things, but has had trouble with drug abuse, infidelity, and consistent play. He is the all-time leader in interceptions and fumbles as well as passing yards and passing touchdowns. Just had to throw that out there.
In short, Rodgers has already surpassed Favre as a legendary Packers quarterback. The scariest part? He’s just getting started.