Aaron Rodgers hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 2011. He hasn’t won a passing title since 2012. He hasn’t played a full season since 2016.
But the listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network expect him to be the best player in the NFL once again in 2018. We asked our followers in our poll question last week who would be the NFL MVP and the Green Bay quarterback won by an overwhelming margin with 41.0 percent of the vote. Quarterback Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers and 2017 NFL MVP Tom Brady tied for second with 15.4 percent support.
The three Talk of Fame Network hosts – Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge – were split in their voting. Gosselin and Judge voted Rodgers, and Borges cast his ballot for Brady.
“Look how good the Packers were when he was missing last year,” said Judge of Rodgers. “They weren't (3-6 without Rodgers). Yes, I'd love to vote for Brady. But he's 41, and there hasn't been a repeat winner since Peyton Manning in 2009. So give me Rodgers. When he's in the lineup, the Packers are a Super Bowl threat. When he's not, they're a Super Bowl spectator.”
Indeed. Until his collarbone injury last season limited him to seven games, the Packers had gone to the playoffs eight consecutive seasons with Rodgers at the helm, winning five NFC North titles. Without him for much of last season, the Packers limped home at 7-9. Rodgers, 34, is a six-time Pro Bowler, a two-time NFL passing champion and a former NFL MVP (2011).
Rodgers missed nine games with a fractured right collarbone and Green Bay limped home with a 7-9 record. When Rodgers is on the field, he’s as good as there is. He’s a six-time Pro Bowler and a two-time NFL passing champion. He’s 34 this season.
Rivers has passed for 4,000 yards for five consecutive seasons and nine times in the last 10 years. He led the NFL in TD passes with 34 in 2008 on the way to his only NFL passing title. He led the NFL with his 4,710 passing yards in 2010 and also led with his 69.5 completion percentage in 2013. Rivers has been voted to seven Pro Bowls and he’s been named to the Chargers’ 50th anniversary team.
Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Super Bowl MVP, three-time NFL MVP and a 13-time Pro Bowler. Brady has quarterbacked the Patriots to seven consecutive AFC title games. He also has passed New England to eight Super Bowls. He ranks fourth all-time in passing yards and third in touchdowns.
“Who is more valuable than Tom Brady?” Borges asked. “ith the pile of doorknobs he has as receivers, no one. TB12 gets my vote.”