Colin Cowherd discusses the two sides of Aaron Rodgers’ career

Colin Cowherd discusses the career of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and why the Packers haven't been the same since their 2014 NFC championship loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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- But you know what? It's funny about Aaron Rodgers' career. To me, it's two careers. And this happens with a lot.

There's Michael Jordan with the Bulls. There's Michael Jordan with the Wizards. You see this all the time. You know?

There's the Kobe-Shaq Lakers. And then Kobe's never quite as good.

There's the Kobe-Gasol and Kobe without him Lakers. You see this all the time.

I boil Aaron Rodgers' career down to two careers, two micro careers in the macro.

His first career was his first seven years. He wins a Super Bowl, two MVPs, and wins almost 69% of his games. OK.

He was the dude in the league. Manning and Rodgers? People wanted to talk about Rodgers. Brady, Big Ben, Brees, and Rodgers? The media fell in love with Aaron Rodgers. He really became the Golden Boy in the league in those first seven years.

And then they blew the NFC championship at Seattle. Led by 12 in the fourth and blew it. It was one of the most shocking things I've ever seen. Aaron Rodgers, leading by 12 in the fourth. An onside kick. They gave up a deep ball. That loss to me was so gutting and so deflating, such a kick in the stomach to the Packers. It has taken a little bit-- not Aaron Rodgers' fault-- out of his sails.

Since then, the last three years, he's 24 and 14, 3 and 2 in the playoffs, no MVPs, boat raced in the NFC championship against Atlanta, and a second collarbone injury.

Now, I'm not blaming Aaron. I'm just saying-- He's no longer, by the way, the dude. Tom Brady's recovered that mantle. In fact, this year-- there was a year Cam recovered it. Then it was Brady. Now it's Big Ben.

I look at him being the Golden Boy replacing Favre, elevated by the media, elevated by his play, Super Bowl, had the run, 70% winner, MVPs multiple-- and then he lost that game.

And it's never quite-- Green Bay's never quite felt the same. They don't win as much. He doesn't win the MVPs. He's now been blown out in the NFC championship. He now has his second injury. He's aging. And Brady is the one that looks ageless and on top of the world.

So I like him this weekend. It's probably my weakest pick. Maybe I'm getting overly sentimental. I think it's great for the league. It's really interesting, and I love him late in games when he's clearly the better quarterback.

But that Seattle loss to me, it was a sea changer. And we all talk about Super Bowl hangovers? That game-- I mean, that's one of the craziest things I've ever seen.

They came out the next year, and they were very good in September. But they've never felt like the same organization. They're not as fear-inspiring. They're not as awe-inspiring. They're just not to me. And Seattle just kind of pulled, took the wind out of some of Aaron's sails and the Packers' sails.

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