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Aaron Rodgers Belt Celebration Stolen From Freddie Mitchell

Aaron Rodgers’ celebration where he mimics wrapping a “championship belt” around his waist has received a lot of attention recently. ESPN recently did an entire segment about how the celebration started and progressed. Rodgers says in the piece that it actually started when he was behind Brett Favre on the Packers’ depth chart as a way of making practice a little more interesting. Nowhere in the piece does anyone mention that former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell did the same celebration while Rodgers was still at Cal.

Remember this from Mitchell?

The play of course is the famous — or infamous depending which side you’re on — 4th and 26 conversion which led to a game-tying field goal and ultimately, an Eagles victory after a (surprise) Favre interception. The irony here is that Rodgers adopted the move from the guy responsible for one of the most heart-breaking plays in Packers history. Rodgers’ career surpassed that of Mitchell even before this run to the Super Bowl, but Mitchell at least deserves a little love for pioneering the move that Rodgers has made famous.

Thanks to eagles4ever17 for the video.

Aaron Rodgers Has Little Sympathy for Nick Barnett Regarding Team Photo

While the past week was relatively quiet for the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, there was one small controversy. Packers linebacker Nick Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finley, who are both in injured reserve, complained that the injured players would not be included in the team’s team photo. The players complained to coach Mike McCarthy, and plans were rearranged so everyone could be included.

But that’s not the end of the story.

When asked about the injured players not being able to play in the Super Bowl, Rodgers expressed little sympathy. Instead, he decided to comment on how many of the injured players didn’t stick around to support the team after getting hurt during the season. Here were his words:

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Autograph Video Makes Aaron Rodgers Look Like Villain, Clay Matthews Like Hero

We praised Aaron Rodgers for his magnificent performance against the Falcons on Saturday in the playoffs, as did his coaches and teammates. But it’s not all love for Rodgers the day after his big game. Pro Football Talk posted a video of Packers fans who showed up at the airport to see the team off Friday, hoping for autographs.

To summarize what happened, Aaron Rodgers ignored breast cancer patient Jan Cavanaugh who came straight from a radiation treatment hoping for an autograph. Linebacker Clay Matthews made up for the disappointment as much as possible, stopping to sign and chat with the woman. Here’s the video that was pulled from WBAY’s website but was transferred to YouTube:

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Aaron Rodgers Is Owning the Playoffs

The sixth-seeded Green Bay Packers have been the story of the NFL playoffs thus far, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles on the road last weekend and knocking off the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has played lights out ball, throwing for six touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing for a score.

The former Cal Bear was in elite form against Atlanta, completing 31/36 passes for 366 yards resulting in a 136.8 passer rating. Realistically, Rodgers’ game was near perfect, and it shows how whacked the passer rating system is that Rodgers was so far from the 158.3 perfect rating.

Rodgers showed incredible pocket awareness, only taking two sacks against the Falcons. He avoided the pressure from Atlanta, rolling out and using his mobility constantly. Though Rodgers only rushed twice for 13 yards, he was able to extend plays and drives with his quickness. The sixth-year pro has now thrown for 10 touchdowns and only one interception in three career playoff games, showing that he’s a big-time player.

After the Packers’ 48-21 win over the Falcons in the Georgia Dome, Aaron Rodgers was all smiles. His grin was wider than B.J. Raji’s backside, and it’s because he knew he nailed his performance with a nearly perfect game. He was effusive in his praise of his coaches, raving about how well prepared they had the team.

Green Bay is now only a game away from the Super Bowl and you have to like their chances. As the six seed, they face the winner of the Seahawks-Bears game on the road. They split with Chicago during the regular season and would likely crush the Seahawks. A rematch with the Bears would not be easy if it were to come, but the Packers have to be the favorite at this point.

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Aaron Rodgers Reportedly Dating Actress Jessica Szohr (Pictures)

It’s been quite a while since we’ve updated our ever-expanding list of Steve’s smokin’ hot sports girlfriends for you, so we decided that there’s no better time than the final day of 2010 to make an addition. 

A new report claims Aaron Rodgers is dating actress Jessica Szohr, who is known for her work on the TV show Gossip Girl. We had no problem with Rodgers dating Erin Andrews, but we more than approve of his new lady friend if the rumors are true.

Supposedly Szohr was sitting in Aaron Rodgers’ private box last weekend with Ashley Greene and Joe Jonas, and Rodgers and Szohr attended a Milwaukee Bucks game together the following night.  Dating Jessica certainly warrants the LBS stamp of approval, but hanging out with Joe Jonas?  We’ll just assume Szohr and Greene are good friends and Rodgers was thrust into the situation.  As always, here are some pictures of Rodgers new girlfriend:

JESSICA SZOHR PICTURES

Packers Made Right Call Holding Aaron Rodgers Out of Patriots Game

There was a time not long ago when Aaron Rodgers would have been playing Sunday against the Patriots despite recovering from a concussion. That time was 2008. Actually, Rodgers even played for the Packers against the Dolphins in week six despite suffering a concussion the previous week, so you know he is dying to play with his team needing a win to remain in the playoff hunt. The Packers however announced Saturday that Rodgers would not be playing in the game because he has not recovered from his second concussion of the season.

It takes a lot of balls for Green Bay to hold out their star quarterback in such a key game. Heck, if it weren’t for Congress hauling Roger Goodell to Capitol Hill for a hearing on concussions, A-Rodg probably would be playing. But the reality is this is the second concussion in two months for Rodgers and his brain needs time to heal.

The 27-year-old is one of the top quarterbacks in the league and has a decade of Pro Bowl appearances ahead of him. The Packers will be making the playoffs for the next several seasons with Rodgers leading the team and shouldn’t risk #12’s long-term health for one game, especially with how damaging we have learned concussions can be. Not having Rodgers against the Patriots will be damaging in the short term, but it’s the right decision to make.

Aaron Rodgers’ Concussion Kills Fantasy Football Owners

If you’re a fantasy football owner that started round one of the playoffs this week and Aaron Rodgers is your quarterback, you have some serious adversity to overcome.  Rodgers’ fantasy owners were likely already cursing in the first half against the Lions when Greg Jennings let a 60-yard touchdown pass tip off his hands and get picked off.  A few series later, Rodgers suffered a concussion while running the ball and had to leave the game.  He won’t return.

Considering he was facing the Lions, most fantasy owners were probably thinking anything less than a 20-point game from Rodgers would be a disappointment (in standard scoring leagues).  Instead, the Packers quarterback finished the game with 46 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, and an interception.  That likely resulted in around a 3-point fantasy game.

Rodgers is normally a fantasy monster so the injury will be a huge concern heading forward as well.  If Rodgers is your quarterback and you happen to pull out a win today, the question then becomes will he be able to go next weekend. What’s particularly concerning is that the concussion is his second of the season.  It would certainly be tough to survive without him for an extended period of time.