GREEN BAY, Wis. -- You know Aaron Rodgers doesn't throw interceptions, at least not at the rate of most other quarterbacks.
His 12-to-1 touchdown-to-interception count this season is evidence of that.
But here's an better example of how averse the Green Bay Packers quarterback is to throwing the ball to the other team: When he threw his 200th career touchdown pass in last Thursday's win over the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers had only 53 interceptions -- which was the fewest by any quarterback in NFL history at the time he reached 200 career touchdown passes.
And it's not even close.
The next fewest interceptions by a quarterback at the time of his 200th touchdown pass is 88 by New England's Tom Brady.
"It's something we preach," said Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who was Rodgers' quarterbacks coach from 2006-11. "We like to take … we have to take care of the ball. You don't want to give the opponent anything free."
There are 10 active quarterbacks with at least 200 career touchdown passes and only Rodgers, Brady, San Diego's Philip Rivers and Dallas' Tony Romo had fewer than 100 interceptions at the time they reached that touchdown milestone (see accompanying chart).
As for Rodgers’ predecessor, Brett Favre, when he threw his 200th touchdown pass in the middle of the 1998 season, he had 111 career interceptions.