The NFL Network unveiled the top 10 of the annual Top 100 list of the best players of 2013 on Thursday, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers checked in at No. 6 overall. The general consensus is that Rodgers was ranked too low. "Adrian Peterson and J.J. Watt have better cases as the best players of last season," writes Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. "(Tom) Brady and (Peyton) Manning have the edge when it comes to all-timer status. But for 2013, there's no way I'd pick against Aaron Rodgers in his prime." I can't disagree. While there are bigger issues in the world than where Rodgers ranks on some meaningless list, I agree he should be higher.
Aaron Rodgers also gained attention on Thursday when ESPN The Magazine published a feature asking 12 high-profile athletes to write letters to their younger selves. "Rodgers focused on a relatively unaddressed junction of his athletic career: The impact of a serious knee injury while playing pickup basketball in high school," according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. "He writes: 'Thanks to that injury, achieving your dreams will be that much more difficult.'" Rodgers actually provided a hand-written letter to his 17-year-old self, which was a nice gesture. The letter in its entirety can be read in our link provided.
In one more Aaron Rodgers related item, he was nominated for an ESPY Award for the Best NFL Player.
The Minnesota Vikings' signing of former Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop became official on Thursday. "The Vikings announced Thursday the signing of Bishop to a one-year contract, three days after he agreed to terms on his deal," writes Dave Campbell of the Associated Press. "He's the latest to leave Green Bay for Minnesota, joining prominent players like wide receiver Greg Jennings, safety Darren Sharper, kicker Ryan Longwell and of course quarterback Brett Favre to recently switch states in the post-prime stage of their careers."
More on Desmond Bishop comes from PackersTalk.com.
The series examining the Packers defense and their schemes and formations continues at AllGreenBayPackers.com with the dime package.
An article on Mike McCarthy and the Packers offense is published by Packer Report.
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Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.