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Bears in the Pros: Cal Alum keep shining

Rodgers, Goff, Woods, Allen and many more have had great seasons to date

Green Bay Packers v New Orleans Saints Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

There is never enough Aaron Rodgers content, in my opinion.

Let me start here by saying that not just because I am here running a California Golden Bears fan site — but because I truly believe it to be true: Aaron Rodgers is the greatest quarterback to ever play in the NFL.

So now that we have that out of the way, you understand why the opening line above is the case for me. There can not be enough Rodgers content.

He’s successfully transitioned his career from extremely talented gunslinging SOB to extremely talented smart gunslinging SOB who knows how to manage games properly. Rodgers is consistently lifting up lesser players around him and making throws look effortless that other quarterbacks don’t even dare.

The throne may one day belong to Patrick Mahomes, but until he accomplishes what Mr. Rodgers has, this is Rodgers time to be the best player at his position the NFL has ever seen.

The fact that he’s a Cal Bear just makes it easier for me to post this here.

Then, of course, there’s the rest of the Cal Bears making waves this season in the NFL.

There’s Keenan Allen who moved to No. 3 on the Los Angeles Chargers all-time list of receptions after a 13-catch performance this weekend.

There’s Tyson Alualo for the Pittsburgh Steelers who recorded a PD and a tackle.

Stephen Anderson has logged a majority of special teams snaps for the Chargers this season while Bryan Anger has averaged 46.2 yards per punt this season for the Houston Texans.

Ashtyn Davis started in Week 2 for the New York Jets while Devante Downs for the New York Giants had a career-high four tackles this weekend.

Jared Goff led the Rams in a dramatic comeback attempt against Buffalo, finishing the game going 23-32 for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Longtime pro DeSean Jackson had two catches for 11 yards as his quarterback struggles in Philadelphia.

Jaylinn Hawkins and the Atlanta Falcons made history in the wrong way again but Hawkins had a career-high three tackles.

Marvin Jones Jr. caught three passes for 51 yards for the Detroit Lions, hauling in two of those for 40 yards on Detroit’s game-winning drive.

Cameron Jordan recorded four tackles despite the loss to the Green Bay Packers for the New Orleans Saints. L.P. Ladouceur has been nearly perfect on his snaps for the Dallas Cowboys and Patrick Laird chipped in with 15 special teams snaps off the bench for the Miami Dolphins.

Alex Mack continued his starting streak for the Falcons, making his 83rd consecutive start and playing every snap against Chicago.

Patrick Mekari has played in each of the Baltimore Ravens three contests this season in relief on the offensive line.

Richard Rodgers caught two passes for 15 yards for Philadelphia while Nick Sundberg has handled long-snapping duties in Washington.

Mitchell Schwartz has continued to never miss a regular-season start with his streak now at 131 straight regular-season games started for the Kansas City Chiefs — tying for fourth among all active players.

Then there’s Rodgers, whose accomplishments look like this:

– Has completed 71-of-106 passes (67.0%) for 887 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions for a 121.1 quarterback rating in three games on the season
– Ranks among the NFL’s top 10 in touchdown passes (3rd), touchdown percentage (3rd, 8.5), quarterback rating (4th), passing yards (5th), average pass length (T5th, 9.02), average per gain (8th, 8.37) and average yards after catch (10th, 5.72)
– Has led Green Bay to more points (122) through three games this season than any of his other campaigns while his nine touchdown passes are second only to the 10 he threw in the first three contests of 2015
– Completed 21-of-32 passes for 283 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 124.9 quarterback rating in a 37-30 Week 3 win at New Orleans on Sunday Night Football
– Completed 32-of-44 passes for 364 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.5 quarterback rating in a 43-34 Week 1 win at Minnesota with his completions, yards passing and touchdowns all the most he has recorded in a season opener, and his attempts tied for the most, while he also equaled the most touchdowns thrown in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season and threw for the second-most passing yards
– 2x MVP (2011, 2014), Athlete of the Year (2011 AP); Super Bowl XLV Champion/MVP (2011); 8x Pro Bowl (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019), First-Team All-Pro (2011, 2014), Second-Team All-Pro (2012), All-2010s Team (NFL/Pro Football Hall of Fame)
– Has highest career quarterback rating in NFL history (102.7) and had the top number for a complete single season in 2011 (122.5)
– Fourth among active NFL players and seventh overall in career passing touchdowns (373), while he is sixth among active players in career passes completed (3984), pass attempts (6167) and passing yards (47833)– Within 2167 passing yards of becoming the 11th player in NFL history to pass for 50000 career yards

We’ll be back with more Pro-Rodgers content, you can believe that.

Go Bears!