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2015 NFL Top 100: Aaron Rodgers comes in at No. 2

Are you surprised?

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The NFL Network wrapped up its annual Top 100 countdown on Wednesday. In a bit of a surprise, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers came in at the No. 2 spot behind J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans.

Since the NFL Network introduced the Top 100 in 2011, the reigning MVP had always finished atop the list until this year. Rodgers, of course, took home that hardware back in January at the NFL Honors after a spectacular season in which he nearly led the Packers to their second Super Bowl in five years. During the regular season, Rodgers completed 341 passes on 520 attempts (65.6 percent completion) for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions, good for a passer rating of 112.2. He also rushed 43 times for 269 yards and two touchdowns.

Rodgers moved up nine spots from last year's list, as he narrowly missed the second No. 1 finish of his career. He becomes the sixth member of the Packers to make the 2015 NFL Top 100 after Randall Cobb (100), Julius Peppers (71), Eddie Lacy (60), Clay Matthews (51) and Jordy Nelson (18).

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation newsdesk contributor and NFL writer for Sports on Earth.