Aaron Rodgers has thrown 297 touchdowns throughout his 12-year career, and he will throw his 300th touchdown sometime during the 2017 season (probably in the first game of the year).
When Rodgers throws his 300th touchdown, he will be become the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 touchdowns while throwing less than 100 interceptions.
Only 10 quarterbacks have thrown for 300 touchdowns in NFL history, but every single one of them had thrown for over 100 interceptions. Tom Brady had 115 interceptions when he threw his 300th touchdown according to Pro Football Talk, and he’s the closest of anyone to Rodgers.
Peyton Manning, who is the all-time leader in touchdown passes with 539, had 152 interceptions when he threw touchdown No. 300. Drew Brees had 154, Philip Rivers had 146, and Brett Favre had 175.
Rodgers won’t have as many Super Bowl victories as Tom Brady, but his claim to the greatest quarterback of all time will rely on his statistics. Not that Brady’s numbers are anything to scoff at, but Rodgers will have him beat in many statistical categories by the time his career is finished.
Rodgers’ best single-season passer rating—122.5 in 2011—is better than Brady’s career-best of 117.2 in 2007. Brady threw for 50 touchdowns that season, while Rodgers’ best in one season is 45 touchdowns. One of Rodgers’ best traits is how infrequently he turns the ball over, and the fact that he’s only thrown 72 interceptions is incredibly impressive.
Rodgers might never surpass Brady as the GOAT in the eyes of many due to rings, but he can make a compelling argument by the time his career is over. He can at least surpass Peyton Manning as the greatest regular season quarterback of all time.
The one thing missing on Rodgers’ resume is dominance in the postseason. Aside from the one Super Bowl run, Rodgers and the Packers have been disappointing in the playoffs. They will be among the favorites again to win the NFC next season, and if Rodgers is at his best, they could easily take home another Lombardi trophy.
(h/t CBS Sports)