With the recent retirement of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers says he's ready to takeover as the Packers signalcaller.
There's just one catch.
"I'm not Brett Favre," he said Saturday. "And if they're wanting me to be the next Brett Favre, I'm not going to be him. I'm Aaron Rodgers. That's who I am."
Rodgers, who was the Packer's first round draft pick out of California back in 2005, has only thrown a career total of 59 passes, has never started an NFL game and played in only two games last season including a solid effort, replacing an injured Brett Favre in the second half at Dallas in late-November as he completed 18 of his 26 passes for 201 yards and threw one touchdown. He also rushed five times for 30 yards in that game.
Rodger's looks to succeed Favre in 2008 in a similar fashion to how Steve Young succeeded Joe Montana for the San Francisco 49ers. Being from the San Francisco Bay Area and watching Young takeover after Montana, Rodgers looks to follow in similar footsteps in taking over after Favre.
The one current comparison between Favre and Rodgers is that Rodgers is "injury prone". He's been injured two out of his first three seasons in the NFL. This iscomapred to a guy that started 275 straight games.
I guess in the land of cheeseheads, that's considered injury-prone.
"I think both those injuries were things that could have happened to anybody," Rodgers said. "So I'm just going to get myself in great shape and hopefully, with a little luck, I can stay out there."
And stay out there he will defintely have to do for Green Bay to succeed in the "Post-Favre" 2008 season. Rodger's has the most career passes compared to the other quarterbacks on roster. The only other quarterback with any career passes is Craig Nall who has more years on Rodgers, but about half as many attempts.
Along with most passing experience, he also has earned the trust of his teammates, espcially since coming in the Dallas game. Packers wide reciever Donald Driver says that the Dallas game was an important confidence boost for Rodgers who came in the game with those normal rookie-jitters, but left like a confident veteran.
We've seen him do it once, at least for half a game. The question is, can he do it for 16 full games, in Green Bay nonetheless?
"There'll be a little bit of nerves," Rodgers said, "But I've been waiting my whole life to do this."