Joe Cool

Daily Beast:

Aaron Rodgers: the NFL’s Best Quarterback of All Time

Professional football is a sport that dominates America, the forward pass dominates football, and Rodgers dominates the pass. Or rather, he dominates opposing defenses, and he does it like no passer in football history. Just by snapping his right wrist, he can zip a football 60 yards downfield with a spiral tighter than the plot to Casablanca and with a trajectory so flat he could throw the ball down the aisle of an Airbus 380 from one end to the other without hitting the ceiling. And he can put it in the hands of any of six talented receivers with precision—on the run and at almost any spot on a football field.

Rodgers has just completed his fourth spectacular season in a row with the Green Bay Packers. He is 28 years old and at his physical peak; though he has never been the league’s most valuable player—he is the odds-on favorite to win the award this season—he has had a four-year run unlike any quarterback who has ever played the game.

Based on the evidence so far, he is the greatest to play the game. I know, you’re probably not much into football statistics, you only want to watch the big games, but bear with me for a moment. After four full seasons and parts of three others, Rodgers is the highest-rated QB ever by the NFL’s method (a Byzantine formula that rates quarterbacks by a combination of statistics, including pass completion percentage, touchdowns, and passes-to-interceptions ratio), 7.7 points ahead of the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady and 9.2 ahead of the Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton Manning. His QB rating of 122 this year is the highest by any passer of all time.

Stick with me for another moment: Rodgers has thrown 132 career touchdown passes against just 38 interceptions, a ratio of 3.5 touchdowns per pick; his idol, Joe Montana, averaged just under two TDs for every interception (273/139). Rodgers did not throw for the most yards of any passer in the league this year: that was New Orleans’s Drew Brees, but that’s only because Rodgers was able to put away most of the Green Bay Packers’ opponents with fewer passes. (The Packers are 15-1 this season and play the New York Giants in the second round of the playoffs today.)

Not only is Rodgers the greatest ever, he may just be getting started. He has now won four straight games in the postseason, including a 31–25 victory over Pittsburgh in last year’s Super Bowl, and it seems highly unlikely that anyone is going to stop him this year. Face it: even if you don’t follow the sport all season, he’s the main reason you’re going to be watching for the next couple of Sundays.


The best quarterback ever was Joe Montana.

He wasn’t the biggest. He wasn’t the fastest. He didn’t have the best arm. But he had the most important thing – he won.

Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with the San Francisco 49ers, where he played for the next 14 seasons.[3] He spent the 1993 and 1994 seasons, his final two years in the NFL, with the Kansas City Chiefs. While a member of the 49ers, Montana started in four Super Bowl games and won all of them. In 2000, Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[4]

In 1989, and again in 1990, the Associated Press named Montana the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP), and Sports Illustrated magazine named Montana the 1990 “Sportsman of the Year”.[5] Four years earlier, in 1986, Montana won the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.[6] Montana was elected to eight Pro Bowls, as well as being voted 1st team All-Pro by the AP in 1987, 1989, and 1990. Montana had the highest passer rating in the National Football Conference (NFC) five times (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1989); and, in both 1987 and 1989, Montana had the highest passer rating in the entire NFL.[7]

Noted for his ability to remain calm under pressure, Montana helped his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins.[3] In the closing moments of the 1981 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XXIII, Montana threw game-winning touchdown passes. The touchdown at the end of the championship game was so memorable that sports journalists, fans, and many others, refer to the play simply as “The Catch”. The touchdown in the closing moments of Super Bowl XXIII came at the end of a 92-yard drive.

Montana’s comeback heroics started at Notre Dame, where he led the Fighting Irish to a victory over the University of Houston in the 1979 Cotton Bowl. Notre Dame scored 23 points in the final 7:30 of the game.

But his greatest comeback ever was in Super Bowl XXIII

BTW: I hate the SF 49ers and I lost more money than I want to think about because of Joe Montana.

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56 Responses to Joe Cool

  1. DandyTiger says:

    He wasn’t the biggest. He wasn’t the fastest. He didn’t have the best arm. But he had the most important thing – he won.

    And he had Jerry Rice. God what a team they were.

  2. HELENK says:

    it is nice to see someone give credit, where credit is do

  3. DandyTiger says:

    Of course to me the best will always be Bart Starr. I’ll admit that’s sentimental though.

    • myiq2xu says:

      The Catch was the play that changed NFL history.

      In 1981 I did pretty good betting ON the Niners. A buddy of mine laughed at the idea that they could win the Super Bowl.

      “They’ll never get past Dallas” he said. “They always choke in the playoffs.”

      Dallas was the dominant NFL team of the 70’s. Late in the NFC playoff game Dallas drove down and took the lead.

      “See? What did I tell you? The Niners always choke.” my buddy said.

      Dallas didn’t return to the Super Bowl in the 80’s. The Niners won four Super Bowls before Dallas made it back.

      The Niners (5-0) are the only team to appear in more than one SB without losing any

  4. Three Wickets says:

    In the 2005 NFL Draft, the SF 49ers picked QB Alex Smith of Utah in the first round. Later in the first round of the same draft, the GB Packers picked QB Aaron Rodgers of Cal. There’s a good chance the two will meet next weekend.

  5. myiq2xu says:

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

  6. DandyTiger says:

    Fucking Packers.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    My all time fave QB is Joe Namath, unfortunately, this is his legacy 😉

  8. Lola-at-Large says:

    If you’re not into football and looking for a laugh, I’ve got a new post up at P&L regarding Facebook’s diabolical plan to give your comments to Politico so they can do what Politico does: attempt to manipulate people.

  9. DandyTiger says:

    And we’re done…. fucking Packers.

  10. DandyTiger says:

    Who’s idea was it to replace the real Packers with the cartoon version for this game?

  11. myiq2xu says:

    I’ve had a special place in my heart for Eli Manning since Super Bowl XLII

    Did I ever mention how much I hate “Tuck-Rule” Tommy?

  12. myiq2xu says:

    The Obamas go to church

    Obama has rarely gone to church since becoming president. But last month he and his family walked across Lafayette Park in front of the White House to attend services at St. John’s Church. They attended Christmas services at a Marine Base in Hawaii and today were at Zion Baptist Church in DC.

    While it’s possible the trips to church a part of some kind of renewed personal religious commitment, they are also consistent with Obama’s increased use of religious imagery as part of his public profile.

    During two recent annual events – the televised Christmas in Washington gala and the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, Obama invoked specifically Christian themes he had shunned in the past.

  13. myiq2xu says:

    This helps the Raiders.

    New GM Reggie McKenzie intends to grab up a few GB assistants but can’t start interviewing until they’re done playing for the year.

  14. Lola-at-Large says:

    Fine. 49ers it is. I fucking hate the coasts.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Golden Globes ?

  16. 1539days says:

    Breaking: Jon Huntsman to drop out tomorrow and endorse Romney.

    That means Mitt will get that extra 1% of the vote and none of Huntsman Sr. campaign money.

  17. Jeffhas says:

    That whole argument about Aaron Rodgers being the best evah just seems so passe now…. those guys at the daily beast surely have moved on to another best-evah haven’t they?

  18. lisadawn82 says:

    I’m a Terry Bradshaw fan myself.

  19. TorchWood says:

    Ah, Dwight Clark and ” The Catch” against Dallas that put them in their first Superbowl. Good memories. Lost my voice screaming in that game. Montana was my hero right up there with Capt. Kirk.

    I still have the clippings from that game and that whole season. Got their autographs and pictures of them with me and my friends when I met them at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu a week after the Superbowl win. Skipped school and it was sooo worth it.

  20. fif says:

    This is utterly unrelated to the post, but since it’s the a.m. here, and no new post, I will put it here. The most die-hard Obot out there has to be slimy Andrew Sullivan. How pathetic is this? He probably still has Obama’s poster above his bed…

    Andrew Sullivan: How Obama’s Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics

    • Three Wickets says:

      Ugh, barfable.. Andrew most definitely still has Obama’s poster over his bed and I don’t want to know what else he’s doing.

      • DeniseVB says:

        (I’m not sure why my reply button didn’t work upstairs?) Thanks for the Iron Lady review article, exactly what I thought, a liberal version of an accomplished conservative lady. See: Sarah Palin 😀

        The one surprise last night was the Kelsey Grammer win. He started The Right Network online and one of those rarities, a Hollywood Conservative. Maybe the voters were confused and thought he really is the Chicago mayor 😉 Now that’s good acting.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Actually, I’d love to Facebook a photo of all the cum shots. (Evil, I know. Heh)

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