Explore Aaron Rodgers' 2005 NFL Draft selection 24th overall.

Heading into the 2005 NFL Draft, Aaron Rodgers was widely projected to be a top-10 pick. Many analysts considered him one of the best quarterbacks available, alongside Alex Smith, due to his stellar college career at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Despite high expectations, Rodgers experienced a surprising fall in the draft. Teams with top picks prioritized other needs or chose different quarterbacks. Alex Smith was picked first overall by the San Francisco 49ers, and Rodgers waited in the green room for hours as his draft position dropped. 

The Green Bay Packers, led by general manager Ted Thompson, decided to select Rodgers with the 24th pick despite having future Hall of Famer Brett Favre as their starting quarterback. This choice was made with a long-term view of finding Favre's successor. 

Rodgers spent the first three seasons of his career as a backup to Favre, which was significant for his development. This period allowed him to learn and grow without the immediate pressure of leading a team, something that paid off in the long run. 

 The selection of Rodgers marked the beginning of a significant transition for the Packers. When Favre retired (and unretired), the Packers eventually committed to Rodgers as their starting quarterback in 2008, signaling a new era for the franchise.  

Once he became the starter, Rodgers quickly proved his worth. In his first season as a starter in 2008, he threw for over 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns, showing that the Packers' decision to draft him was the right one. 

Rodgers led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XLV in the 2010 season, earning Super Bowl MVP honors. His performance validated the Packers' long-term strategy and underscored his talent and leadership. 

Rodgers' career has had a profound impact on the NFL and the quarterback position. He is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, known for his accuracy, decision-making, and ability to perform in clutch situations. His success also highlighted the importance of patience and development for young quarterbacks. 

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