Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are still all-time greats despite few rings
As Aaron Rodgers‘ season came to an end, it was yet another season where he couldn’t get his team to the Super Bowl despite having the No. 1 seed. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Drew Brees found himself in this situation one too many times during his New Orleans Saints tenure.
That’s ultimately what Brees and Rodgers have against them on their otherwise-perfect resumés. Both guys put up ridiculous numbers during the regular season but when it came down to getting the job done in the playoffs, it rarely happened.
Brees took the Saints to the Super Bowl in the 2009 season and the team shocked the world by knocking off the Colts. Brees won Super Bowl MVP for his performance in the game (32-of-39 for 288 yards and two touchdowns) and at the time, people felt like this was only the beginning for Brees and the Saints’ dominance.
Unfortunately, the black and gold never got back to the big game. They were robbed of a Super Bowl appearance in the 2018 season with the infamous no-call against the Rams but even if they had made it that season, the Patriots probably would have found a way to win that one.
Rodgers and the Packers’ title came one year after Brees got his first and only win. Rodgers too won Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns and the former first-rounder also has three league MVP titles under his belt. He very well could win a fourth MVP title this season.
Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are both future Hall of Famers but they’ll be criticized for not winning more titles.
Both Brees and Rodgers were sensational during the regular season and Rodgers has proven that with his three (soon-to-be four) MVP titles. Brees never won league MVP despite putting up some absolutely insane numbers during his career.
Winning Super Bowls is hard (except for Tom Brady apparently) so the fact that Brees and Rodgers did both win a championship is impressive. Both of them received criticism for winning one early in their career and then not even getting back to the big game. It wasn’t as if they went to Super Bowls and lost — They just never found their way back.
Rodgers might not be calling it a career just yet so he definitely still has a chance to win another Super Bowl but it won’t be this year and it might not even be with the Packers if it happens again.
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For all of the talent both of these guys had, to only win one Super Bowl each feels like an underachievement. At the end of the day, however, we all know how good both of these guys were in their prime. They always gave their teams a chance to win the game and while the number of rings don’t necessarily indicate that, it proves that winning championships is difficult.