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Wednesday Cheese Curds: Jordan Love stacking up well with his predecessors

Love’s first season as the Packers’ starter stands up well in comparison to Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre.

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The comparisons are inevitable. Jordan Love succeeded Aaron Rodgers who succeeded Brett Favre. It’s natural the third will be compared to the previous two.

Do those comparisons matter? Not at all, really. Circumstances differ dramatically between Love and his predecessors, and even if he never becomes the Hall of Famer they were, he can still be very good and win a Super Bowl. The ultimate question is really whether or not Love can be the best version of himself.

But the comparisons are compelling, even if they don’t necessarily make sense. Where did Love succeed where Favre and Rodgers failed? Where did he come up short where they stood tall? Context adds to our understanding, and contextualizing Love’s performance is always going to be important. That his context involves two Hall of Fame players is just how it works out.

And so far, Love stacks up pretty well. He acquitted himself well in his first season as the Packers’ preferred starter and the team has set itself up well around him. Where he goes from here is anybody’s guess, but so far he’s comparing quite well to the stars that came before him.

How Jordan Love outdid Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre in Year 1 | ESPN

Just as a point of fact in this article: Brett Favre started 13 games for the 1992 Packers, but wasn’t technically their preferred full-time starter until 1993. The Packers made the playoffs that year.

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