Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of only nine players to have ever won NFL Most Valuable Player honors twice.
Winning a third MVP and joining a significantly more exclusive club is as yet a goal for the 37-year old Rodgers as he is one of the top picks to win the honor heading into the last three weeks of the season.
“There’s not many guys who have won three, so that would definitely mean a lot,” Rodgers said Wednesday, via Zach Kruse of PackersWire.com.
Truth be told, there’s just been five players to have won the MVP award three times. Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Johnny Unitas and Jim Brown have each won the award precisely three times while Peyton Manning brought home five MVPs during his 18-year NFL career. Joe Montana, Steve Young and Kurt Wagner are the other two-time winners alongside Rodgers.
The 2020 MVP award appears prone to one or the flip side up as Rodgers’ third or the second time Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has brought home the honor. With the three games left, the two quarterbacks are the top picks to win the award at season’s end.
Rodgers is having one of the best seasons of his career. He leads the league in passing touchdowns with 39 and could break his single-season record of 45 before the year’s over. He’s accomplished that while throwing only four interferences and racking up 3,685 yards through 13 games. He likewise leads the league is passer rating at 119.7.
Mahomes is having a fabulous year also. He leads the league in passing yards with 4,208 and has thrown 33 touchdowns with only five interceptions, three of which came a weekend ago against Miami.
Rodgers subscribes to the textual meaning of the award. It should go to the player that is the most important to his team in a given season. Rodgers said he is happy to be back in the discussion after a nearly down last two seasons statistically. Yet, he feels his spot in the running this year reflects the manner in which he’s played and lifted the Packers to the highest point of the NFC race.
“I think it should live up to what it stands for as an acronym,” Rodgers said. “It’s that person who is most valuable to their team. I feel like that’s why I should be in the competition most years, and this year especially.”