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Aaron Rodgers Named NFL’s AP Most Valuable Player

Feb 6, 2021
Aaron Rodgers was named the NFL's AP Most Valuable Player for the third time in his career on Saturday.

NFL Honors Award Winners

TAMPA, Fla. – Former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the NFL's AP Most Valuable Player presented by Pizza Hut for the third time in his career on Saturday after being previously named for the 2011 and 2014 seasons. The announcement was made during the annual NFL Honors television show which aired Saturday evening. Rodgers' three MVP selections tie him with Tom Brady, Jim Brown, Brett Favre and Johnny Unitas for the second-most in the award's history behind the record five won by Peyton Manning.

Rodgers is Cal's all-time leader in passer rating (150.3) while also being etched in the Golden Bears' record book in several other categories. He played two seasons of collegiate football at Cal (2013, '14) and led the Bears to a school-record-tying 10 wins in his final collegiate campaign as a junior in 2004 before being selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by Green Bay with the No. 24 overall pick.

Rodgers made a seven-figure gift to the Cal football program in June of 2019 to renovate the team's football locker room and create the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship that will be awarded each year to a junior college transfer. Rodgers came to Cal after one season at Butte College in Oroville, Calif.

Below are notes on Rodgers with his name linked to his Pro Football Reference profile.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay, 16th Season

  • 2020 Regular-Season Stats – 16 games played, 16 starts, 372-of-526 (70.7%), 4299 yards, career-high 48 TD, 5 INT, 121.5 passer rating, 78TD long; 38 rushes, 149 yards, 3 TD; 1 rec, -6 yards
  • 2020 Regular-Season Top-10 Rankings – Completion Percentage (1st), Touchdown Passes (1st), Touchdown Percentage (1st, 9.1), Lowest Interception Percentage Among Starters (1st, 1.0%), Yards After Catch (6.11, 1st), Passer Rating (1st), Fewest Interceptions Among Starters (T-1st), Average Gain (8.17, 3rd), Long (78TD, 5th), Passing Yards (7th), Pass Completions (10th)
  • Helped Green Bay to a 32-18 victory over the Los Angeles Rams and fellow former Cal quarterback Jared Goff in an NFC Divisional Round game before being upset in the NFC Championship Game, 31=26, by a Tampa Bay team quarterbacked by Tom Brady
  • Led Green Bay to the No. 1 NFC seed and home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs, a first-round playoff bye and the NFC North title with a 13-3 regular season in 2020
  • Had the best completion percentage and second-best passer rating mark of his career in 2020 behind only his 2011 NFL MVP season when he posted a 122.5 passer rating
  • Threw for a career-high 48 touchdown passes in 2020 and became the first player in NFL history with three seasons of 40 or more touchdown passes with his others coming in 2011 (45) and 2016 (40)
  • Has third-highest career regular-season passer rating in NFL history (103.9), while he is fourth among active NFL players and seventh overall in career regular-season passing touchdowns (412), as well as sixth among active players and 10th overall in career passes completed (4285) and total offense (51366), sixth among active players in pass attempts (6587) and passing yards (51245), and eighth among active players in completion percentage (65.1%)