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Aaron Rodgers: No longer in the shadow of Brett Favre

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears today in the hunt for the NFC Championship. Quarterback Rodgers has emerged from the drama that is Bret Favre to lead the Packers franchise back to glory.

In this Jan. 2, 2011, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after an NFL football game in Green Bay, Wis. The Bears are scheduled to host the Packers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday.

Mike Roemer, AP

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In March of 2008, Brett Favre delivered a tearful retirement news conference, then un-retired during the following training camp. But the Green Bay Packers had already moved forward with Aaron Rodgers and traded Favre to the New York Jets. There were huge cleats to be filled.

Fast forward three years.

Aaron Rodgers finished the regular season with the third best passer rating in the NFL, at 101.2 (just behind Philip Rivers and Tom Brady). And the Bears' Jay Cutler? No. 16 with a rating of 86.3.

Lack of confidence? Not a problem for Aaron Rogers. Brett who?

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