It was an auspicious summer for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers: He received a gargantuan contract extension, with over $100 million in guaranteed money, a big deal in a world where few contracts are guaranteed. Not only that, but former mentor/a**hole Brett Favre said Rodgers was one of the top-five players in NFL history, and that was before he was one of seven players with a 99 rating in the latest iteration of Madden. After all that, Packers fatalists probably foresaw his scary leg injury early in their game against the Bears on Sunday.
But the Packers cart every injured player off as a rule, and Rodgers returned.
Rodgers didn't just come back on the field under his own power. He led the Packers to a remarkable 24-23 come-from-behind win, punctuated by this 75-yard touchdown throw to Randall Cobb with a little over two minutes remaining, and the score 23-17.
Now, GOAT status can be a tricky designation, but LeBron James didn't hesitate to bestow it on Rodgers the morning after his stunning return and comeback win.
James himself is still not unanimously the GOAT of basketball, His Airness acolytes still exist, but he's at least in consideration these days — which if you never got to watch Michael Jordan in his prime — is remarkable in its own right. Rodgers' own case for GOAT status is still up in the air, but it's some awfully high praise, regardless. Never forget what Tom Brady once said:
One thing's for sure: Rodgers' beau thinks he's the GOAT, if her reaction to that touchdown was any indication: