One-in-Million Rodgers Playing 100th Game

Aaron Rodgers, who will play in his 100th game on Sunday at Miami, dominates the NFL record book in several important stats. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY)

When you’re on top, there’s nowhere to go but down.

Unless you’re Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers’ brilliant 10th-year quarterback, entered this season as the NFL’s career leader with a passer rating of 104.9. Through five games this season, he ranks second in the league with a rating of 114.8. Thus, as Rodgers gets ready to play in the 100th game of his career on Sunday at Miami, Rodgers’ all-time-best passer rating has inched up to 105.4. Peyton Manning is a distant second at 97.4.

That’s a whopping eight-point margin. To put that in perspective, there are 11 quarterbacks within eight points of Manning on the all-time list.

“There are some guys in this league that are truly special and this quarterback rates up there with the best of them,” Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle told reporters in Miami on Tuesday. “He’s really amazing to watch. Some guys, you’d just love to watch on tape — you just put the tape on and observe. You wish you didn’t have to try to defend him because he’s magical with what he does with the ball and the decision-making and the speed that he gets the ball out with, his accuracy, his ability to extend plays — it’s really uncanny — coupled with the fact that he’s got a rifle of an arm.”

Rodgers has been part of some pretty incredible history this season. In Week 2, he topped 25,000 career passing yards. By doing so in 3,065 attempts, he broke the old record held by Kurt Warner (3,076). Last week, he threw his 200th career touchdown pass on Thursday against Minnesota. He did it in his 99th career game. Only Dan Marino (89 games) got there faster. Of those 99 games, Rodgers started 92. Of Marino’s 89 games, he started 87.

More impressively, Rodgers has thrown only 53 career interceptions to lower his NFL-low career interception rate to 1.71 percent (Tom Brady is second at 2.01 percent). The previous record for fewest interceptions at the time of a quarterback’s 200th touchdown pass was Brady (88 interceptions).

“I have a lot of pride in that,” Rodgers said on his weekly radio show with ESPN Wisconsin’s Jason Wilde on Tuesday. “I think it comes from playing for the Chico (Calif.) Jaguars back in the eighth grade for coach Curtis Holder and throwing way too many interceptions. We weren’t very good, but I threw more interceptions than touchdowns.

“And then my freshman year, I started the trend of throwing less than 10 interceptions, and I think I hit that every year. I’ve only thrown over 10 interceptions I think my junior year of high school, because of a poor last playoff game, and two years in the pros, where I threw 11 and 13. Other than that, I’ve always tried to keep my interception low, realize that if I don’t turn the football over, then I’m helping our team have a better chance to win the game. Set the record for the lowest interception percentage at Cal, and I take a lot of pride in that. And I enjoy having the NFL record for the lowest interception percentage, as well.”

Here are several noteworthy historical accomplishments by Rodgers:

Most passing yards, first 100 games

PLAYERTEAM(S)YEARSPASSING YARDS
Dan MarinoMiami1983-198927,064
Kurt WarnerSt. Louis, NY Giants, Arizona1998-200826,097
Peyton ManningIndianapolis1998-200426,008
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2005-Present25,352*
Matt RyanAtlanta2008-Present25,051*
*Through 99 games

Fewest games to 200 TD passes

PLAYERTEAM(S)YEARSGAMES TO 200 TD PASSES
Dan MarinoMiami1983-198989
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2005-201499
Peyton ManningIndianapolis1998-2004106
Brett FavreAtlanta, Green Bay1991-1998107
Tom BradyNew England2000-2009116

Most TD passes, first 100 games

PLAYERTEAM(S)YEARSTD PASSES
Dan MarinoMiami1983-1989217
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2005-Present200*
Brett FavreAtlanta, Green Bay1991-1998187
Peyton ManningIndianapolis1998-2004178
Johnny UnitasBaltimore Colts1956-1963168

All-time passer rating

Minimum: 1,500 attempts

PLAYERTEAM(S)YEARSPASSER RATING
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2005-2014105.4*
Peyton ManningIndianapolis, Denver1998-201497.4*
Steve YoungTampa Bay, San Francisco1985-199996.8
Philip RiversSan Diego2004-201496.8*
Tony RomoDallas2004-201495.9*
*Active

All-time TD-to-INT ratio

Minimum: 1,500 attempts

PLAYERTEAM(S)YEARSTDsINTSTD/INT RATIO
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2005-2014200533.77*
Tom BradyNew England2000-20143651362.68*
Peyton ManningIndianapolis, Denver1998-20145032222.27*
Philip RiversSan Diego2004-20142331062.20*
Steve YoungTampa Bay, San Francisco1985-19992321072.17
*Active

All-time yards per attempt

Minimum: 1,500 attempts

PLAYERTEAM(S)YEARSATT.YARDSYARDS/ATT.
Otto GrahamCleveland1950-19551,56513,4998.63
Sid LuckmanChicago1939-19501,74414,6868.42
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2005-20143,10225,3528.17*
Norm Van BrocklinLA Rams, Philadelphia1949-19602,89523,6118.16
Steve YoungTampa Bay, San Francisco1985-19994,14933,1247.98
*Active

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