There was a lot of Packers news happening over the last 24 hours. We had Badgers DC Jim Leonard turning down the same position with the Packers. Head Coach then planning to hire Joe Barry as defensive coordinator. Then during the NFL honors show, Charles Woodson was elected to the Hall of Fame. To end the evening, it was Aaron Rodgers winning his third MVP.
Rodgers became only the sixth player in league history to win his third MVP. Joining the likes of Peyton Manning (who has won 5), Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre, and Tom Brady.
Rodgers previously won the MVP in 2011 and 2014. He received 44 of the 50 votes from the AP panel to win the award this year. This season, Rodgers set personal bests as well as franchise records with 48 touchdown passes and a completion percentage of 70.7. He threw just five interceptions, tied for the fewest of his MVP years (also 2014), and posted his ninth career 4,000-yard passing season with 4,299 yards.
It was an incredible season to say the least. To put it into historical terms, Rodgers was the first QB to lead the league for TD passes, completion percentage, passer rating and interception percentage in the same season since Steve Young did it in 1992.
For the second straight under Matt Lafleur, and only two seasons in this offense, Rodgers lead the Packers to a 13-3 record and to consecutive NFC Championship Games. He was one of four first-team All-Pro selections in 2020 for Green Bay, and was also named the FedEx Air Player of the Year for 2020.
The Packers now have 9 league MVPs. Their other MVPs are Paul Hornung who won it in 1961, Jim Taylor who won it in 1962, Bart Starr who won it in 1966, and Brett Favre who won the award 3 times in 1995, 1996, 1997.
Rodgers MVP season did not end in a Super Bowl appearance, but it was an incredible season none the less. If you listened closely during his acceptance speech, he heard it correctly, when he said he got engaged this past season and also thanked his fiance. Sorry ladies.
There will be plenty more Packers news throughout the offseason, so stay tuned.
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Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag