Data Points: Rodgers and the passing leaders

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers‘ ranking on “The Top 100 Players of 2011” certainly has ruffled a few feathers, with many believing his spot at No. 11 isn’t high enough — as in, he should be top-10 material.

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees have yet to be revealed, and only 10 players are left on the list, so Rodgers ranks fourth among quarterbacks. But should he be higher?

Rodgers’ supporters unequivocally say “yes,” pointing to his three consecutive 4,000-yard seasons and his Super Bowl ring as evidence. Yet Brady, Manning and Brees each have a ring as well. As for passing yards, Rodgers isn’t in the top three of that category. In fact, had Matt Schaub not missed time to injury in 2008, he also would be well ahead of Rodgers. Brady also missed all but one half of the 2008 season because of a knee injury.

With that in mind, here are the leaders in passing yards since Rodgers became a starter in 2008:

— Elliot Harrison

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