Aaron Rodgers joined an elite group of Packer players last season.
Rodgers earned his first most valuable player award in 2011, the highest individual accolade the National Football League bestows in a season.
The seven-year veteran quarterback is one of just six Green Bay players to achieve the prestigious honor. The busts of four of them reside in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, while one other is certain to be named on the first ballot when eligible.
Rodgers produced one of the greatest individual seasons in team annals, throwing for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns, breaking the NFL record for quarterback rating in a season with 122.5. And that was just in 15 games, as he sat out the season finale against Detroit with home-field advantage secured throughout the NFC playoffs.
In trademark fashion, Rodgers limited his mistakes, throwing just six interceptions. He also was effective once outside the pocket, running 60 times for 257 yards and three touchdowns. He fumbled four times in the regular season, but none resulted in a turnover.
Rodgers displayed his elusiveness by running for positive yards and critical first downs when the pocket collapsed. His leadership was evident on the field and in the locker room
Or the leadership he displayed on the field and in the team locker room.
At age 28, Rodgers is in the prime of his career. And the accolades keep coming. Last week, Rodgers was named the No. 1 player in the league in the NFL Network's Top 100 players countdown.
"It's very humbling; it's a great honor," said Rodgers in a phone interview with the NFL Network. "Anytime you're recognized with professional respect from your peers, that really means a lot to me.
"Obviously, this is an award or recognition that doesn't get done without an incredible group of people around you . . . my teammates and coaches."
This week's quiz tests your knowledge of Green Bay's MVPs.
1 . This Packer was the first to be named a league MVP.
A. Tony Canadeo
B. Clarke Hinkle
C. Don Hutson
D. Paul Hornung
E. Bart Starr
2. Who was the second Green Bay player to garner MVP honors?
A. Tony Canadeo
B. Paul Hornung
C. Ray Nitschke
D. Jim Taylor
E. Bart Starr
3. This player was chosen as the league MVP after the 1962 season.
A. Paul Hornung
B. Bart Starr
C. Max McGee
D. Willie Davis
E. Jim Taylor
4. In what season did Bart Starr earn league MVP honors?
5. What was Brett Favre's best quarterback rating during his three-year run as league MVP from 1995-'97?
1. - C. Don Hutson was the first Green Bay player to be named MVP. Hutson, who played from 1935-'45, won the honor twice (1941-'42). Hutson caught 74 passes for 1,211 yards and 17 touchdowns in 1942 - all career bests.
2. - B. Paul "The Golden Boy" Hornung was the second Packer to earn MVP recognition in a season. Hornung was accorded the award for his performance in the 1961 season, when the versatile halfback scored 146 points. He rushed for 597 yards and 8 touchdowns, caught 15 passes for 145 yards and 2 scores, and completed three of five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. He made 15 of 22 field-goal tries and did not miss a PAT in 41 attempts.
3. - E. Jim Taylor was chosen as the league MVP in 1962. Taylor had a monster season, rushing for 1,474 yards in 272 attempts for a 5.4 average. He scored 19 rushing touchdowns and led Green Bay in scoring with 114 points. Taylor also caught 22 passes for 106 yards.
4. - D. Bart Starr was named the best player in the NFL in 1966. Starr was at his finest in a 12-2 season, completing 156 of 251 passes (62.2%) for 2,257 yards and 14 touchdowns with just three interceptions. His quarterback rating was 105.0.
5. - C. During his reign as league MVP from 1995-'97, Brett Favre's best quarterback rating was 99.5 in 1995. Favre completed 359 of 570 passes (63%) for 4,413 yards and 38 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. He was also the Packers' second-leading rusher, totaling 181 yards on 39 attempts (4.6 avg.) and three scores.
- If you answered all five questions correctly, you are a Packer football genius . . . or a cheater.
- If you answered four questions right, you are entitled to feel very good about yourself.
- If you got two or three correct, there is hope for you.
- If you got one right or failed to answer any of the questions correctly, you must be a fan of the Chicago Bears or Minnesota Vikings.