For most of the season, Aaron Rodgers and Gordon Hayward have flown under the radar of their respective leagues. For Hayward, it makes sense. While Utah has bushels of young talent, the team still isn’t that great, struggling to stay near .500 in a stacked Western Conference. Hayward still isn’t an All-Star yet, either. But for Rodgers, it makes less sense. This is the best player in the NFL. How do we always seem to forget about him?
Well, both of them showed up in big ways recently. We’ll start with Hayward, who dethroned the King in about the worst way possible. During a Jazz win at home over Cleveland, the 6-8 forward “LeBron’ed” LeBron, blocking his fast-break layup. He also lost him with a slick jab step at another point in the game, and then finally finished off his sick foray with a game-winning buzzer-beater as James hit the deck. Best game of his life? It has to be up there.
Then there’s Aaron Rodgers, who lit up Chicago so badly that we almost felt bad for Jay Cutler. Almost. Six first-half touchdowns. How is that even possible? Despite all the theatrics other signal-callers have had this year, look at the efficiency numbers. This dude is far and away the top QB.
Style Points at The Drop is never about what you do but how you do it. And all of these guys went above and beyond. Today in Style Points: Gordon Hayward Usurps the King; Aaron Rodgers Shows Why He’s the NFL’s Best Player.
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