Rodgers sounds off on Favre, Braun, Jennings, leadership and lots more
Aaron Rodgers. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - The quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, recognized as the sport's best, is giving his thoughts on a huge number of subjects, some of them controversial.
Aaron Rodgers spoke with Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports' Peter King about everything from his relationship with Brett Favre and his pain from the lies of friend Ryan Braun leading to a PED suspension, all the way to discussions about leadership, his future and the culture of the sport he participates in.
About Favre, Rodgers said that the NFL Honors ceremony where he stood on stage and joked with his legendary predecessor with the Packers was a "time for healing."
"I was very energized by seeing Brett at the NFL Awards at the Super Bowl, and being able to talk to him for the first time in forever. I think that was a good thing for him and me, for the future of the organization, and hopefully the fans as well," he told King.
After sharing that night with him and a bunch of other legendary quarterbacks the night before Super Bowl XLVII, he said, "We’ve talked a few times since, and texted. We’re good. I’m very happy about it.”
The conversation and their time together has helped spawn healing between Favre and the organization, and
In terms of Braun, Rodgers said he was dealing with the lies the suspended Brewers slugger told him about what eventually caused Braun to be suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season.
"He and I were very close friends, and he let me stick my neck out for him and wasn’t honest with me. That’s not something you can let just wash over you—you have to sit with that and deal with that, and it’s frustrating," he told King.
Another thing that has been frustrating to Packers Nation has been the number of shots Rodgers and his teammates have taken from former teammate Greg Jennings, now with the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers sounded off on that, too.
“People taking shots at me who aren’t relevant to this team and to this locker room doesn’t mean a whole lot to me," said Rodgers.
"Those comments do wash over with me without a reaction, because they don’t matter.”
What does matter to Rodgers is the leadership role he's being asked to take with the team.
"I want to be the best. I want to be counted on by my teammates. I want to be counted on by this organization and the fans. I want to be someone they know is going to bring it every single week. I prepare to be the best. I train in the offseason to be the best. I take it very seriously, and I’ve still got a long way to go.”
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