Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers is the player to watch in Super Bowl XLV

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Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers is the player to watch in Super Bowl XLV

Who is one player that is going to be remembered for excelling in the Super Bowl?

Although there are many suggestions, none is more prominent than Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Besides New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, Rodgers is probably the most difficult quarterback that the Pittsburgh Steelers have encountered all season long. He can do everything. He can make plays on schedule and make them off schedule. He can make plays inside of the pocket and make them outside of the pocket. As if that wasn’t good enough, his accuracy will amaze anyone who watches him play. On top of that, how about his contemplation and impulses to read coverage? These skills and abilities make him a big threat for the Steelers’ defense.

Take a look at the two person blitz sent against Rodgers in their game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. There is tremendous pressure coming to him off of his right side but he instantly recognizes where his receivers will be open and throws the ball to him not a moment too soon. Right after the snap, Rodgers head turned straight towards his receiver, knowing that he would be open and exactly where he would be open. The Packers won the game, 21-16.

Now, take a trip back to the divisional round of the playoffs against the Atlanta Falcons. In the fourth quarter, the Falcons brought their safety, William Moore, to blitz Rodgers. He heads directly for Rodgers but the quarterback already knows where to throw the ball, having already taken into account the linebackers close to the line of scrimmage. He is able to get it over to Jordie Nelson just in time and with perfect posture while doing so. That’s a sign of good anticipation and the ability to read and recognize the defense. The Packers won that game as well, 48-21.

The next week against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game, Rodgers is playing against one of the best defenses in the league, led by Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. The linebackers are doing their best to break through the line of scrimmage and blitz Rodgers. He knows it. Rodgers throws an excellent pass right over the head of the Bears’ safety to the receiver right before the linebackers broke through the offensive line.

With Rodgers, it’s all about being poised under pressure. If you’re trying to blitz him, he will know exactly where to go with the ball and make you look stupid in the process. He has an astoundingly quick release of the ball, something that most analysts love about Rodgers.

A good quarterback has to be able to throw the ball to places where the receivers cannot get hurt and, if there is a problem during the play, they will not put the football on the ground. You want to have the quarterback throw the football where the receiver can catch the ball and then run with it.

Take a look again at the divisional game against the Falcons. Packs' Wide receiver Greg Jennings comes off of the line of scrimmage looking for a catch. As soon as Jennings turns his head to Rodgers, the ball is already heading right towards him. And not specifically right towards him, but in front of him. The way that Rodgers passes the ball allows the receiver to catch the ball without any sort of difficulty and allows the receiver to run with the ball as soon it’s in his hands. Rodgers gives an opportunity to the receivers to gain yards after they catch the ball.

Again in that same game is a great quality of Rodgers. The Falcons’ linebackers are standing right behind the line of scrimmage, expecting a running play. But by the time the linebackers realize that it’s a fake, the ball is already soaring over their heads. The linebackers expected a running play by the position of Rodger’s feet. But as soon as the ball is snapped and the fake running play is exposed, Rodger’s feet snap back to throwing position in a fraction of a second. And less than a second after that, the ball is already in the hands of the receiver. And again, if you take a look at the replays, he throws the ball right in front of the receiver so that he has the chance to run with the ball. That’s exactly what you want in a quarterback.

His accuracy is amazing. The way that he throws the ball is amazing. Even where he throws the ball is amazing. Rodger’s definitely has the edge in the game. He has that "I’m-good-and-I-know-it" sort of confidence that inspires confidence in the rest of the team and leaves the opposing defense worried about what’s going to happen next.

Take a look at what he has been able to do in the first four playoff games of his career. He has the third most passing yards in the first four playoff starts of any quarterback in National Football League (NFL) history. Two time Most Valuable Player (MVP) Kurt Warner, ex quarterback for the St. Louis Rams, is first in the category with 1,428 yards. Hall of Famer Dan Fouts, retired quarterback for the San Diego Chargers from 1973 to 1987, is second on the list with 1,416 yards. Rodgers is third on the list with 1,213 yards, ahead of Dan Marino by 19 yards and Drew Brees by 50 yards.

What more could you want from a quarterback?