If a center knows how to snap the ball and block, he’s probably a good center, right? Maybe not. As Aaron Rodgers shared with us during a recent interview, there’s a certain comfort level a quarterback has to establish with his center’s rear end. That’s right, his buttocks. We’ll let Rodgers take it from here.
“There’s two main components that a center needs to have, and it’s not quickness or agility or snapping or anything,” Rodgers told TSN Radio’s Cabbie Richards according to Sports Radio Interviews. “It’s two things: One, he has to have a good height, and I’m talking about where his butt rests. It can’t be too low because I don’t wanna get deep in that stance and it can’t be too high so I feel like I’m standing up. It’s gotta be just right. He’s got that.
“And the second is most important, and that’s sweating. How much do they sweat? The worst thing that you can have is third, fourth quarter on a October day where it’s 65, 70 degrees and he’s sweating through his pants. Because that is not a situation you wanna be in. You gotta change pants at halftime.”
Do the Packers have any perspiration ponies on their team? Unfortunately they do, and what’s even more of a shame for Evan Dietrich-Smith is that Rodgers felt the need to reveal that to the world.
“Our backup center — great guy — Evan Dietrich-Smith, he has major sweat issues. And when you get that ball snapped up and there’s a lot of sweat that just splashes all over you and on your hands and the ball — it’s not a good situation. So he actually has changed at halftime before. So those are the two things you look for: butt height and sweating. Jeff’s doing really well in both categories. … Low sweat ratio and solid butt height.”
There you have it. That’s the formula. I don’t know about you, but I’ll never look at Rodgers under center the same way again.
H/T Shutdown Corner
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