Aaron Rodgers has put together an impressive NFL career playing for the Green Bay Packers. When he retires, it won’t be long before he hears his name called for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Rogers has accomplished a lot during his career and has become one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game.
Before he entered the NFL, Rodgers had a unique college career. Before becoming a standout at California, he spent a year playing at a community college.
Aaron Rodgers has put together a Hall of Fame type of career
Rodgers got his opportunity to shine for Green Bay in 2007. He served as the backup quarterback to Hall of Famer Brett Farve when he joined the Packers. When Farve got injured during the 2007 season, it was Rodgers’ turn to step up. During a regular-season game against the Dallas Cowboys, Rodgers replaced Farve, and he put together an impressive performance. He threw for 201 yards and also threw his first NFL touchdown.
The next season, Farve announced his retirement, and Rodgers became the starting quarterback. He’s never looked back since. Rodgers was named the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year in 2010 after throwing for 3,922 yards and 28 touchdowns. The Packers made it to the Super Bowl that season and took on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rodgers threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns during the game as the Packers defeated the Steelers, and Rodgers was named the Super Bowl MVP.
Rodgers has an impressive resume. He’s a two-time NFL MVP (2011 and 2014), a three-time All-Pro selection, and an eight-time Pro-Bowl selection. When you think about the best quarterbacks in the last decade, Rodgers’ name is on that list. He has set numerous records throughout his career, and at 36, he’s still playing at a high-level.
Rodgers was a standout at California
At California, Rodgers had a lot of success in just his two years there. During the 2003 season, Rodgers was named the starting quarterback in the fifth game of the season. As a starter, he led California to a 7-3 record. That season he tied the school season record for 300-yard games with five and set a school record for the lowest percentage of passes intercepted at 1.43 percent.
The next season, Rodgers continued to have success. He led California to a 10-1 record, and they finished with a No. 5 ranking at the end of the regular season. The team’s only loss came to USC as they lost a tough one, 23-17. Rodgers finished the season throwing for 2,566 passing yards and 24 touchdowns. He played his last game with California during the Holiday Bowl as California lost to Texas Tech 45-31. After spending two years at California, Rodgers declared for the NFL draft, and the rest is history.
Rodgers started his college career playing at a community college
Rodgers was not a top recruit out of high school, and he only received one offer, which was a walk-on spot to receive a scholarship at Illinois. Even though he had an impressive high school career, he did not attract any big schools. He decided to play at Butte Community College.
Rodgers made the most out of his time playing at a junior college. He led the school to a 10-1 record at Butte Community College, the NorCal Conference championship, and a No. 2 national ranking. It didn’t take long for California to notice Rodgers, and he only needed one year of junior college before he transferred. From junior college player to Super Bowl champion, Rodgers has come a long way.