Aaron Rodgers still has only one career pick-six

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If the Nazair Jones defensive touchdown last week at Lambeau Field hadn’t been nullified by an illegal block, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers would have DOUBLED his career output of interceptions returned for a touchdown.

Yes, as Jason Wilde of ESPN.com points out, Rodgers has thrown only one pick-six in his entire career. One.

Receiver Jordy Nelson counts last week’s play as a half, primarily since Rodgers pulled up and conceded the score instead of trying to do what Jay Gruden wants Kirk Cousins to do. In the same way a penalty wiped out a 100-yard pick six thrown by Rodgers to Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson in the 2015 postseason.

“Pick-sixes usually happen when you miss inside on an out ball, or [throw] behind a guy on a zone coverage where a guy’s looking right at you,” Rodgers told Wilde. “I don’t feel like I’ve thrown that many really terrible picks, and a lot of times pick-sixes, you couldn’t see a guy or you miss badly with a throw. I just haven’t had many of those.”

He also hasn’t had many interceptions; it’s hard to have a pick-six without first having the pick.

Officially, it’s 5,294 passes thrown by Rodgers and one interception returned for a touchdown, by former Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson on a tipped pass in 2009. As Wilde notes, other franchise quarterbacks have had many more since Rodgers became the Green Bay starter in 2008. Jay Cutler, Carson Palmer, and the Manning brothers each have 15. Drew Brees has 18. Philip Rivers leads the way with 19. (Matt Schaub curiously has fewer than 15, primarily because he had enough of them in a row to never play again.)

Rodgers’ predecessor in Green Bay had a whopping 35 for his career. So while Rodgers may never pass Favre in Super Bowl wins, Rodgers will definitely never pass Favre in career pick-sixes.

Tonight, Rodgers will open his second stadium in two years on the road, when the Packers face the Falcons in their new building, 52 weeks after the Packers helped the Vikings christen their new venue on a Sunday night.

36 responses to “Aaron Rodgers still has only one career pick-six

  1. What an honor and blessing it is to watch this guy play. And today it’s also especially important to note how durable he’s been.

    Packer fans might be the luckiest people on the face of the earth. And deservedly so.

  2. I think it’s safe to say he’ll pass Favre in Super Bowl wins. Favre only had one. Rodgers is a much better quarterback and has many years left.

  3. Well, statistical analysis of his game reveals he takes significantly fewer risks when playing from behind and resultantly (and surprisingly to the uninitiated) has very few 4th-Q comeback wins.

    1st Peyton 45 (30 pick-6)
    2nd Brady 39 (11 pick-6)
    111th (yes, one hundred and eleventh) Rogers 10 (1 pick-6)

    This isn’t about Rodgers being a better (or worse) passer, it’s about risks bring rewards.

  4. h0metownzero says:

    What an honor and blessing it is to watch this guy play. And today it’s also especially important to note how durable he’s been.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Not near as “durable” as his predecessor.

    After riding the pine for three years, he missed games in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

  5. Would only two be less impressive? And I’m sure he’s the first QB ever to have their pick six nullified by an admittedly bad call.

  6. h0metownzero says:

    Packer fans might be the luckiest people on the face of the earth. And deservedly so.
    ============================================================

    Multiple teams have been more blessed with more Lombardi’s. And it should be called the Landry trophy. A guy who was an actual innovator and didn’t just call a boring power sweep every play.

  7. Funny how he played like garbage until Seattle turned it over at the 6 yard line, pick 6 nullified, and gimmick free play. He’s a great regular season QB, playoffs not so much. Barely above .500. At least Favre went to two SB.

  8. He has as many Super Bowl wins as the Ravens great duo of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, Trent Dilfer and Joe Flacco. Flacco my in fact get one or two more before he’s done.

  9. It’s the same argument I’ve made for years against Peyton’s # of Comeback victories.

    It’s not about the number of victories, it’s the PERCENTAGE of time he brings the team back. Brady has less victories but has significantly more games where the Patriots have had large leads in the 4th quarter. Manning’s teams have trailed in more games, giving him more opportunities to pad that stat.

    Rodgers also doesn’t have a ton of comeback wins but he isn’t usually trailing late in games. Where someone like Eli Manning (tied for 7th all time with 30 comeback wins) is usually in closer games or games where he’s losing so he has 2x or 3x the opportunities as Rodgers.

  10. mrkbuilders says:

    Rodgers also doesn’t have a ton of comeback wins but he isn’t usually trailing late in games. Where someone like Eli Manning (tied for 7th all time with 30 comeback wins) is usually in closer games or games where he’s losing so he has 2x or 3x the opportunities as Rodgers.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You haven’t watched Rodgers play very much, have you?

    Rodgers has been padding his stats for years by completing meaningless passes and scoring TD’s in garbage time of losing efforts.

  11. Aaron Rodgers is a winner. The guy is money. You don’t have to a Packers fan (I am not) to see it. He is a great quarterback and team leader.

  12. Great player. I’m not a Packer fan, but there’s just something about Rodgers I don’t like. He seems kind of less-than-personable when talking to the media, he thrives on trying to catch you with 12 men on the field, etc….Can’t quite put into words, but I don’t like him. Respect his game, for sure, but he seems kinda smarmy….

  13. I think it’s great that haters actually, sincerely, wholeheartedly believe a conspiracy exists that directly benefits the Packers. Hilarious! I wouldn’t think small-mindedness of that variety would be admitted aloud. I’m all for adding any troubling condition to further affect their weakened state-of-mind. If it contributes to making their shallow lives just a little more miserable, heck, I’d pay off the referees myself if it were possible.

    They should be glad stupid isn’t painful.

  14. blackqbwhiterb says:
    September 17, 2017 at 12:45 pm
    Great player. I’m not a Packer fan, but there’s just something about Rodgers I don’t like. He seems kind of less-than-personable when talking to the media, he thrives on trying to catch you with 12 men on the field, etc….Can’t quite put into words, but I don’t like him. Respect his game, for sure, but he seems kinda smarmy….
    /////////////////////////////blackqbwhiterb says:
    September 17, 2017 at 12:45 pm
    Great player. I’m not a Packer fan, but there’s just something about Rodgers I don’t like. He seems kind of less-than-personable when talking to the media, he thrives on trying to catch you with 12 men on the field, etc….Can’t quite put into words, but I don’t like him. Respect his game, for sure, but he seems kinda smarmy….
    ///////////////////////

    Wow. You and I have never met, and I quickly and narrow-mindedly thought the same thing about you! Isn’t that weird?

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