Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL).Rodgers played college football for the California Golden Bears, where he set several career passing records, including lowest single-season and career interception rates.After backing up Brett Favre for the first three years of his NFL career, Rodgers became the Packers' starting quarterback in 2008 and led them to a victory in Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2010 NFL season; Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP.He was named Associated Press Athlete of the Year in 2011, twice in passer rating (2011, 2012), touchdown passing percentage (2011, 2012), and lowest passing interception percentage (2009, 2014); and once in touchdown passes (2016) and yards per attempt (2011).Although Favre decided to return from retirement, he was traded to the New York Jets, which meant that Rodgers would become the starter.Rodgers quickly proved that he was one of the best quarterbacks in the league by passing for 4,038 yards in his first season as a starter as well as throwing for 28 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions, which remains his career high as of the 2017 season.
After one year at Butte Community College in Oroville, a junior college about 15 miles (25 km) southeast of Chico, Rodgers received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where he played for the California Golden Bears football team from 2003 to 2004. In a 2011 interview with E:60, he attributed the relative lack of attention in the recruiting process to his unimposing physical stature as a high school player at 5'10" (1.78 m) and 165 lb (75 kg).
This was followed by a second-down sack by Manuel Wright.
Rodgers was expected to be selected early in the 2005 NFL Draft as he had posted impressive numbers as a junior with Cal, throwing for 2,320 yards with a 67.5 completion rating in the regular season.
He continued to struggle through the preseason, before ending the preseason by converting two third downs and throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Ben Steele against the Tennessee Titans.
Once the regular season began, Rodgers saw very little action that year.