Rodgers delivers when it matters for Packers

Aaron Rodgers completed one of the most daunting tasks ever to face an NFL quarter-back as he led the Green Bay Packers to Super Bowl glory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He has now filled Brett Favre’s oversized shoes in Green Bay.

Rodgers, who took the Most Valuable Player award from the 31-25 victory, claimed a Super Bowl ring in only his third full season as a starting quarter-back.

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The 27-year-old spent the first three years of his NFL career on the sidelines as a back-up to Packers legend Favre, the holder of a plethora of NFL records and one of the game’s all-time greats, but a man who himself only ever won one Super Bowl.

The pressure put on Rodgers to be an effective replacement for Favre when he first stepped into the role was immense, but there are no question marks remaining now.

“I’ve never felt like there’s been a monkey on my back. The organisation stood behind me, believed in me,” said Rodgers.

“I told Ted (Thompson, general manager) back in 2005 he wouldn’t be sorry with his draft pick.

“I told him in ‘08 that I was going to repay their trust and get us this opportunity.”