If Aaron Rodgers leads the Green Bay Packers to victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday in the NFC championship game–then goes on to win the Super Bowl two weeks later, he will cement his legacy as the best Green Bay Packers quarterback of all time.
Rodgers may not have the numbers that Brett Favre has yet, but he will. He already owns the highest passer rating in NFL history and his touchdown and yardage numbers will only continue to climb.
Yet, great quarterbacks aren’t defined by numbers. They are defined by winning and most importantly, winning championships.
Rodgers has already done his fair share of winning. In seven seasons as a starter in Green Bay, Rodgers has led the Packers to the playoffs six times, won four division championships and a Super Bowl in 2010.
The 2005 first-round selection will assuredly eclipse Favre’s greatness. Favre won three MVPs but Rodgers is likely to win his second this year and at some point within the next decade, Rodgers will likely win at least one more Super Bowl as well.
But even if he doesn’t, he has already matched Favre in that department. Now it’s about chasing Bart Starr and his five NFL championships, including two Super Bowls.
Just imagine how Rodgers legacy will read if he slays the Seahawks and beats one of the greatest defenses in history and wins a second Super Bowl by beating Tom Brady or Andrew Luck.
That would give Rodgers two pretty big feathers to put in his cap. And at 31 years old, he would still have plenty of prime years left to chase a third or even fourth title.
A loss Sunday, on the other hand, will not really have a negative affect. It will be chalked up to playing with a torn calf against an all-time great defense.
Joe Montana lost to the Bears and Giants back in the day and in some cases the losses were bad. But he won more than he lost so it didn’t matter. Winning back-to-back Super Bowls late in his career made sure of that.
Rodgers is already working his way up on the list of all-time great quarterbacks. And a win Sunday as well as a subsequent win on Super Sunday will move him right to the outskirts of joining the Mount Rushmore of NFL quarterbacks.