Lynn Dickey, who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1976 to 1985, knows a little something about the quarterback position, and he believes Aaron Rodgers is the best in the NFL.
“A lot of people ask me about Aaron Rodgers,” Dickey said Tuesday morning before to the launch of the Packers Tailgate Tour from Lambeau Field.
“First and foremost when I pick a quarterback … they say, ‘Well do you want a guy that can really run, or if he can throw it 100 yards, got a big arm?’ I said no, No. 1, I want a guy that’s smart, and Aaron Rodgers is smart. Then you add on that he’s really accurate with a strong arm and he can run. You put all those things together, and again I’ve told people ever since Aaron’s been here, if I was an owner and I got one draft pick, he’d be the guy I’d pick. He’d be the No. 1 pick for me.”
When the best NFL quarterbacks are mentioned, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are mentioned, but in Dickey’s mind, Rodgers stands above all of them.
“I think he’s absolutely the best quarterback in the league right now,” Dickey said. “It’s funny when they start mentioning guys, they mention three or four or five guys ahead of him, but I would take him No. 1.”
Dickey, 64, played for the Packers from 1976 to 1985, starting 101 of 105 games but missing the 1978 season because of injury. He remains fourth in many Packers career passing categories behind Brett Favre, Bart Starr and Rodgers.