Aaron Rodgers had thrown all of one touchdown pass in the NFL when Ted Thompson staked his professional career on Brett Favre's understudy in Green Bay.
Looking back at the summer of 2008, it was Thompson's unwavering faith in Rodgers that set in motion the decisions that have landed the Packers in today's NFC title game at Chicago.
Rodgers has rewarded that confidence with three outstanding seasons under center since Thompson took the heat as general manager and boldly informed an NFL icon his services were no longer required.
Rodgers, the NFC's top-ranked quarterback, is the primary reason why a No. 6 seed is favored on the road this afternoon at Soldier Field against the second-seeded Bears.