A thought or two on Aaron Rodgers « Ol' Bag of Donuts

A thought or two on Aaron Rodgers

Just read the ESPN: The Magazine (seriously, could the title of that magazine be more self-serving?) profile on Aaron Rodgers for the fourth or fifth time. And every time I read it, I come away liking the guy more.

Here’s why: I don’t want a guy leading my team that won’t associate with players, who looks at his backups like they’re sharpening pitchforks (read the story; you’ll know who I’m talking about). I want a guy leading my team that refers back to his college classes about how to identify which players need to be motivated and which ones need to be kicked in the rear. I want a guy leading my team that goes out of his way to invite players and their wives over to his place, serves them dinner, engages in something called “Dude Time” (trying not to conjure up too many images there), and says, ‘Hey, I’m one of you guys. We’re going to win together.’

The first few times I saw Rodgers, I had the same impression of him that many of you probably did: Cocky kid, bad body language when his receiver doesn’t make a play, seems kind of brittle, has happy feet, needs to shave. Now, all of those things are gone, except maybe the happy feet. Blessedly, the mustache is gone.

But Rodgers was learning how to lead at the time. He seems to have it figured out now. He commands respect because he knows how to be the player everyone looks up to without being the player who looks down on everyone. He’s one of the Packers, yet he’s the guy who makes everything go. He gets it. In his final seasons, his predecessor didn’t.

Every time I put that story down, I walk away saying, “I freaking love Aaron Rodgers.” Maybe not more than Favre in his heyday – yet – but I’m gaining a great deal of respect for what he’s about. That’s the kind of leader I want to root for.

–Gene Bosling

2 comments to A thought or two on Aaron Rodgers

  • Scott

    The difference between the two are, Rodgers is a class act and a team player. He wants to interact with teammates. He makes players around him better. With Rodgers, it’s never been about him, always the team. Bert fakes all this crap for reporters. It’s all “Look at me, Look at me”. That SOB couldn’t even dress with his teammates. Great player? As far as football skills go, yes. As for being a teammate? A resounding NO!! Did he play his heart out? Yes. Would he change his gunslinging ways? Outside of Holmgren he most certainly would not!! Let’s not forget that he faked his “Retirement” so he didn’t have to go to training camp. He didn’t think the Packers would move on, wrong again!! Now he keeps other organizations hostage the same way he tried here.
    If you look at all these things, there really is no comparison. Rodgers far and away….

  • aussiepacker

    I think Aaron rodgers is the man. He is a true talent, a team player, a great face and personality for the franchise and most importantly can play some pretty friggin good football. I talk so highly of him at home my wife thinks i have a man crush on him.

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