PFT’s 2020 NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers

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What does it mean to be the Most Valuable Player in a sports league? Is it the best player? The player most valuable to the league? The player most valuable to his team?

No one really knows. In most cases, MVP ultimately becomes a Potter Stewart-style analysis, and you simply know it when you see it.

This year, we know it when we see it that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the MVP.

Rodgers responded to an actual/perceived diss on draft draft, when the Packers packaged a fourth-round pick with their first-round pick to move up and take quarterback Jordan Love. Rodgers wasn’t happy; his unofficial surrogate, Brett Favre (ironically), made Rodgers’ dismay known. Rodgers himself later acknowledged that the news prompted him to sip several fingers of tequila.

But instead of becoming a problem, instead of pouting, instead of brooding, he buckled down and kicked ass.

For the season, Rodgers threw 48 touchdown passes against five interceptions. Rodgers had more touchdown passes than the Packers had punts. He completed more than 70 percent of his passes, generating a passer rating of 121.5. The Packers finished with the No. 1 seed in the NFC, two wins at Lambeau Field away from their first Super Bowl berth in a decade.

Rodgers was, in the year he turned 37, as good as ever — if not better.

Others in the conversation were Bills quarterback Josh Allen, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and Titans running back Derrick Henry. This year, however, was Rodgers’ year. With Love on the roster looming over Rodgers’ shoulder, next year could be, too.

47 responses to “PFT’s 2020 NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers

  1. Not a single vote for Russell Wilson?! Let Russ microwave next season. Cooking was clearly a bit too ambitious. Well deserved for AR.

  2. So it took havoc no. QB being drafted to get Rogers to buckle down and try to do his best to perform at a higher level? Not sure if that’s the kind of veteran leadership I’d want on my team.

  3. This never happens without the firing of Mike McCarthy. He held Rodgers and the Packers back for years.

  4. Well, thank goodness for this “award”. After all, Rodgers has made it clear individual accolades are more important to him than team accomplishments. Sigh.

  5. Not knocking A’Rods year, he’s been great. But Derrick Henry has done what some say is the hardest thing to do in sports…rush for 2,000+ yards. Only 7 players have done it in 100 years! He should be the NFL MVP.

  6. Quarterback is–by far–the most important position in the game of football.

    Packers have the top QB. Backup Tim Boyle is quietly respected by more than a few NFL coaches. 3rd stringer Jordan Love is a high upside rookie with time to develop. Does any other team have that depth? By the way, GB has all its 2021 draft picks and is projected to get 3 compensatory picks.

    Yet GM Gutekunst is a real fool in the opinion of many.

  7. Well deserved Aaron. Keep going and rally the troops to your 2nd Super Bowl win!!

    GoPackGo!

  8. I don’t disagree with the Rodgers pick, but I don’t think Henry or Allen were ever given a fair chance to win this one.

  9. Cannot wait for Buccaneers to pin this ballon of hype. NFC cream is NFC west who was in their schedule

  10. Yes Aaron Rodgers is a very deserving choice for the NFL MVP. He is the best quarterback in football today!

  11. As a buffalo bills fan the homer side of me wants to say Allan. I mean he grew by leaps and bounds this year. Also set a ton of franchise records. But I have to say I can’t even be mad that Rodgers got it 47/5 that’s impressive.

  12. Davante Adams knows Rodgers about as well as anybody. Adams was asked yesterday how much influence the drafting of Jordan Love had on Rodgers’ motivation, on a scale of 1-10. His answer was “1,” as in nearly none.

    Rodgers has been motivated his entire life. What you see is what you get. He has California Cool Confidence.

  13. The Packers could trade Aaron Rodgers for a lot, assuming they like what they see in Love.

  14. For all the people that are saying Josh Allen deserved it, Josh had 11 less TDs and double the Int’s Rodgers had.

  15. boomboombrown says:
    January 8, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    “1 and done in the playoffs.”

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    I wouldn’t go that far, but I don’t see the Packers making it to the Super Bowl. Rodgers and the Pack will have to beat two future hall of fame QB’s in same playoffs, Drew Brees and Tom Brady (likely). And I don’t see that happening. I could see them beating one of them, but both that is tuff. Also the AP may have just handed Rodgers the ultimate jinx since no QB that has one MVP has managed to win the Super Bowl in the same season since Warner did it in 1999. But we shall see.

  16. After all, Rodgers has made it clear individual accolades are more important to him than team accomplishments.
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    No he hasn’t….that’s just straight crap you made up.

  17. 15class says:
    January 8, 2021 at 11:18 pm
    Quarterback is–by far–the most important position in the game of football.

    Packers have the top QB. Backup Tim Boyle is quietly respected by more than a few NFL coaches. 3rd stringer Jordan Love is a high upside rookie with time to develop. Does any other team have that depth? By the way, GB has all its 2021 draft picks and is projected to get 3 compensatory picks.

    Yet GM Gutekunst is a real fool in the opinion of many.
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    Please tell me who these coaches are who “quietly respect” Tim Boyle. Boyle hasn’t proven anything; and as far as Love goes, the Packers don’t even know if he’s good yet. You call that depth? New Orleans, for one, of many, would disagree.
    If a teams starting QB, goes out for 4 games you’d like to think your backup QB could win at least 2 of them. I doubt that’s the case in GB, which is one more reason Rodgers deserves MVP.

    Gutekunst has done a good job, but I’m willing to bet he won’t be remembered for the Love pick… at least in a good way.

  18. A great GM makes bold moves, like trading up in the first round to draft the future if your franchise when the experts were saying you were one step away from the Super Bowl the prior year and have other holes to fill (WR, ILB, DL). It got him a number one seed, MVP caliber play from his QB and he very well could have secured the future of the franchise. I wouldn’t trade Gutekunst for any other GM.

  19. Highly likely that they won’t be “one and done” in the playoffs. This week is “one.”

    Let’s see if they have a game next week.

  20. Lot’s of great players in the NFL. Many QB’s having outstanding seasons such as Allen of Buffalo and Mahomes of KC. All could make a case for this honor. Watching Rodgers this year has been a treat. Amazing all year long. So accurate whatever the distance. Simply a great season and well deserving of the MVP award. Struggled a bit in the first year of LaFleur’s. Difficult changing to a new system after years and years of the West Coast. Rodger’s really seems to have mastered the new system. That coupled with an offensive line that doesn’t get enough accolades and a dominant WR (Adams), RB (Jones) and TE (Tonyan) who have been masterful in their own ways. Just a joy to watch the team play and see Rodger’s smile again. Good choice PFT.

  21. Sounds like a few people on here think PFT needs a discount double check. 🙂

    Someone had to say it.

  22. officerjamesjones says:
    January 9, 2021 at 12:08 am
    I don’t disagree with the Rodgers pick, but I don’t think Henry or Allen were ever given a fair chance to win this one.

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    Just to be clear: this is the PFT MVP award, not the official Associated Press MVP award.

  23. Ted Thompson/Mike McCarthy held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers back for a decade, and unnecessarily increased the degree of difficulty. Gutekunst/Lafleur have the Packers with back to back 13-3 season. McCarthy coached Rodgers to 13+ wins just ONCE in their time together, when they went 15-1 in 2011. Other than that, a LOT of 10-6/11-5 underperforming seasons when they should have been the cream of the crop.

  24. Rodgers will be around next year and possibly the year after. Love will have benefitted greatly by waiting, watching, and learning. Rodgers is willingly helping him out every step of the way. The guy can throw on the run accurately and he’s 6’4”/230. A little professional training goes a long way and a lot of professional training goes further. If Rodgers leaves, is injured, or retires, the Packers should be in good shape at that position. Again.

  25. Derrick Henry got robbed!!! Refs dont let the defense hit Aaron Rodgers and his lineman are holding on half of his plays. The NFL is getting to be a very soft league now days.

  26. I’m honestly shocked that Ol’ Kirk “let’s see how many yards/tds can I get long after we’ve lost the game” Cousins didn’t get a mention.

    It’s probably Dom Capers’ fault.

  27. I wish they would be able to call one of our Viking quarterbacks Trent Dilfer 2.0
    All of them combined don’t have as many super bowl wins as Trent Dilfer (ever . . . in our whole futile franchise history!)

  28. harianus1985 says:
    January 9, 2021 at 3:49 pm
    Why is Rogers so bad at big boy playoff games?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    who?

  29. ariani1985 says:
    January 9, 2021 at 3:49 pm
    Why is Rogers so bad at big boy playoff games?

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    He’s not bad. He’s 11-8 with 40 TD’s and 12 INT. He’s taken his teams to 4 Conference Championship games and won a Super Bowl.

    For bad in the playoffs, look to the Minnesota Vikings. More one-and-dones than any team in the league, more playoff losses than any other team (with the 25th best winning pcs), zero Super Bowl wins and haven’t been in a Super Bowl in 46 years. Must be heartbraking.

  30. stellarperformance says:
    January 9, 2021 at 6:48 pm
    I think I saw some little yellow birds circling his head.
    ___
    Kinda like Aaron Rodgers as after Barr’s hit??
    Or do you only make fun of injured players you don’t idol????

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