Aaron Rodgers, the 38-year-old gunslinger from Chico, California, should win the National Football League Most Valuable Player award this season.
Do I believe this will happen? Not really.
Do I think it should happen? Absolutely.
Yes, Rodgers just won the award last season. Yes, his numbers maybe don’t pop out to you this season as much as a year ago. Yes, the whole “immunized” situation probably hurt his chances to win the award this year.
However, Rodgers has quietly had one of the best seasons of his career. Which is really saying something when you look at the longevity and consistency of his play over the years.
Recently passing Brett Favre’s mark for most touchdown passes for the Green Bay Packers franchise, Rodgers has again shown that mistake-free football can lead to success. The future Hall-of-Famer has led the Packers to another NFC North division title and 12 wins (currently).
After the opening day disaster against New Orleans, Rodgers has thrown 33 touchdowns and just two interceptions, while also leading the NFL in passer rating (110.8) and QBR (67.8). Over the past five weeks, he’s thrown for 16 touchdowns and zero picks.
The numbers also pop out when you consider that he missed a game due to COVID-19.
Speaking of the Chiefs game, what does the MVP award stand for? The Most Valuable Player. How can you argue that Aaron Rodgers isn’t the MVP of the league when you consider how the Packers looked without him in Week 9?
The offense struggled, mustering up just seven points against a Chiefs defense that was surrendering points left and right coming into that game. Now, I know Kansas City has played much better defensively since that Week 9 win, but still.
The award should go to the Most Valuable Player to his team with the best statistics.
What’s even more impressive is that Rodgers has done it with a make-shift offensive line filled with backups and a rotating cast and crew of skill position players. Yes, he’s had Davante Adams for most of the year. There have been games all season where Rodgers has been without top guys like Marques Valdez-Scantling, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb.
Oh yeah, let’s not forget about losing Robert Tonyan midway through the season.
If Rodgers and the Packers can play well and earn two wins over the next two weeks to lock up the No. 1-seed, then that should all but lock up the MVP award for 12.
I know that’s not the ultimate goal. A different trophy in February is.
But another MVP trophy for Rodgers might prove to him that he’s got it made here in Green Bay.
And keep him around for another year.
Gunnar Davis is a lifelong Packers fan and a recent graduate of Simpson College, where he was a 3-year letterwinner on the offensive line and graduated with a degree in multimedia communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @Gunnar57Davis.