Complex (from October 1st, 2015)- After Aaron Rodgers shredded the Chiefs defense on Monday Night Football earlier this week, his backup quarterback Scott Tolzien compared him to Michael Jordan.
“It’s like watching Jordan in his prime,” Tolzien said. “He’s at the top of his game. He makes it all go.”
Later, Rodgers’ wide receiver James Jones said that he agreed with Tolzien’s assessment.
“I think Tolzien said it best the other day, it’s like watching Michael Jordan in his prime,” Jones said. “Every time he goes out there, the dude does something special. Like I’ve been saying these first three weeks, we’re all witnessing something special. We probably won’t realize it until he’s done and retired how good he was.”
Well, that comparison backfired with the quickness. Got to honest, wasn't a huge fan of it when it was first being bantered about. I understand that up until recently Rodgers was on an outrageous hot streak. Without going too much research, I am pretty sure he destroyed the record for passes thrown without an interception. Still, this is Michael Jordan we are talking about. Maybe a little premature to compare a quarterback to arguably the single most dominant athlete in sports history just three weeks into a season. Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback. Arguably the best in the league unless Tom Brady has anything to say about it. However, arguing that he is the best EVER is a stretch for even the most diehard Packers fan.
Since his teammates made that proclamation he is 3-3 with wins over Colin Kaepernick's 49er's, the Rams, and the Chargers. More importantly, in his biggest game of the season he looked helpless in a putrid effort against a great Denver defense. In his second biggest game of the year he found himself down 20+ to a great Carolina defense. Following those two games he lost to a hapless Lions team while putting up 16 points. Not exactly Jordan-esque if you ask me. Don't even bother trying to blame it on the fact that Jordy Nelson suffered a season ending injury in training camp. Not to be too race centric with my comparisons but that would be like Michael Jordan blaming a loss on Steve Kerr's foul trouble. That would never happen, because to be the best there can't be a single thing you can't overcome, no matter what sport you partake in.
Again, Rodgers is one of the best overall players in the NFL, but this string of underwhelming performances he is in the midst of is just another reason why we, as sports fans, shouldn't be so quick to compare. Especially when that comparison spans across different leagues in different eras. Aaron Rodgers is no Michael Jordan, and while he's not exactly Kwame Brown, those comparisons would be equally as forced. He is not a bum, but he's not the GOAT. Despite what the overreactive landscape of sports media might lead you to believe, there is actually somewhere in between.