GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre won all three of his NFL Most Valuable Player awards before the age of 30.
The former Green Bay Packers quarterback was 26 when he won the first one in January of 1996. He won his three MVPs in consecutive years, meaning his last one came at the age of 28.
Aaron Rodgers was 28 he was named the NFL’s MVP on Feb. 4, 2012.
The Packers' current quarterback turned 30 today. So does that mean his best years are behind him?
That Favre’s MVP seasons all came in his 20s has not been the norm for award-winning quarterbacks in recent years.
Dating to the 2001 season, for which St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner was the MVP, 10 quarterbacks have won the award. Seven of them, including Warner, were in their 30s.
Rodgers is under contract through the 2019 season thanks to the extension he signed in April. He will be 36 years old when that deal expires.
How many more MVP-type seasons would be it reasonable to expect? This season, even if Rodgers returns this week from his broken collarbone -- which is still a big if -- is lost in terms of his MVP candidacy. However, based on the past winners, the answer to that question would seem to be several.
An NFL scout told me last week he thought Rodgers had four more “great seasons” in him.
Three non-quarterbacks have won the MVP since 2001. All were running backs, and all were in their 20s -- Shaun Alexander (28), LaDainian Tomlinson (27) and Adrian Peterson (27). That’s not surprising considering the shelf life for running backs is much shorter than for quarterbacks.