In January 2015, I conducted a small survey to figure out who the biggest names in American sports were. At the time, it was done to show the impact that Derek Jeter had on baseball in his last season and how the Yankees, sports media, and brands had done a great job of celebrating him. On top of that, it was to show how baseball might have an issue filling the void in having a superstar.
This year, I wanted to do the same thing with no specific mission in mind. Who are the biggest names in major American sports? Who are the athletes that brands can use as endorsers for products? Who are the stars that the public and the media gravitate to?
This focuses on the NFL. Last year, Peyton Manning dominated the vote with 41% of all voters choosing him. Would his recent Super Bowl win changed that? Or did another member of the elite group of quarterbacks overtake him?
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Monday night, the Green Bay Packers beat the Atlanta Falcons 43-37 at Lambeau Field to move to 10-3. They will be going up against my Buffalo Bills in Week 15.
At the center of it was MVP front-runner Aaron Rodgers, going 24-for-36, throwing for 327 yards and 3 TDs.
Rodgers has been playing at an extremely high level all season and continues to make the case of being the best quarterback in the NFL today. He is 6th in yards (3,652), 8th in completion percentage (66.3%), 1st in Yards/Attempt (8.78), 3rd in TDs (35), 1st in QB rating (119.0, up by 10.2 points), 1st in NFL Total QBR (86.3, Peyton is 79.7), and has thrown the fewest INTs amongst qualified QBs (3). That TD/INT ratio of 11.6 is good for best in the NFL this year, and it isn’t even close.
Now, Monday marked Rodgers’ 100th start in the NFL, and the question is raised: How good is Aaron Rodgers and where does he stand amongst the great ones?