Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of nine players to twice win NFL Most Valuable Player honors.
Earning a third MVP and joining an even more exclusive club is always a goal for the 37-year-old Rodgers as he is one of the favorites to take home the award heading into the final three weeks of the season.
“There aren’t a lot of guys who’ve won three, so that would definitely mean a lot,” Rodgers said Wednesday, via Zach Kruse of PackersWire.com.
In fact, there have only been five players to have won the MVP award three times. Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Johnny Unitas and Jim Brown have each won the award exactly three times while Peyton Manning has won five MVPs during his 18-year NFL career. Joe Montana, Steve Young and Kurt Wagner are the other two winners with Rodgers.
The 2020 MVP award looks likely to end as the third or second time Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has won the honor. With the three games remaining, the two quarterbacks are the favorites to take home the award at the end of the season.
Rodgers is having one of the best seasons of his career. He leads the league in touchdowns with 39 and could break his season record of 45 by the end of the year. He accomplished this by throwing just four interceptions and racking up 3,685 yards in 13 games. He also leads the league with a score of 119.7.
Mahomes is also having a fantastic year. He leads the league in passing yards with 4,208 and threw 33 touchdowns with just five interceptions, including three last weekend against Miami.
Rodgers agrees with the textual meaning of the award. He should go to the player who is most valuable to his team in any given season. Rodgers said he was happy to be back in the conversation after the past two comparatively statistically declining seasons. But he believes his place in the race this year reflects the way he has played and raised the Packers to the top of the NFC race.
“I think it should live up to what it stands for as an acronym,” Rodgers said. “This is the person who is most valuable to their team. I think that’s why I should be in competition most years, and this year in particular.