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Aaron Rodgers bet a year’s salary that Ryan Braun was innocent

Aaron Rodgers Ryan BraunWhen Ryan Braun was first implicated for failing a drug test during his MVP season for the Milwaukee Brewers, nobody defended him in public more firmly than Aaron Rodgers. The two are around the same age, from California, and they’re both star athletes for Wisconsin teams. They became very close friends and even opened a restaurant together.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback lashed out against the person who leaked the news of Braun’s failed test, saying there should be more confidentiality. Then, when Braun won his appeal for the positive test, Rodgers celebrated over Twitter and told MLB to eat crow.

At the time, we pointed out that Rodgers’ celebration was premature; winning the appeal never meant that Braun was innocent, nor did it explain how his test had elevated levels of testosterone. That didn’t stop Rodgers from boasting about Braun being exonerated. He even told a Twitter user he’d “put my salary on it next year” that Braun didn’t use PEDs:

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Even though Rodgers looks like a dope right now and it’s easy to point and laugh at him because he was wrong, I feel badly. How hurt and disappointed do you think he is to learn that Braun lied to him this whole time and really was cheating?

H/T World of Isaac

Aaron Rodgers didn’t like Jeremy Schaap confusing him for Aaron Hernandez

Aaron-Rodgers-Giants-Faked-InjuriesAaron Hernandez and Aaron Rodgers have very few things in common, but obviously their first name is one of them. Given the fact that Hernandez has been arrested and charged with murder, you can understand why Rodgers would not want to be associated with him an any way. Unfortunately, a slip of the tongue from ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap on Wednesday briefly inserted the Green Bay Packers quarterback into the discussion.

Following Hernandez’s Wednesday afternoon arraignment, Schaap said the following during a live broadcast.

“There is a lot of evidence, albeit circumstantial, implicating Aaron Rodgers in the death of Odin Lloyd.”

Slips of the tongue are typically harmless, and you could make the argument that this one was as well. Although, it’s always important to keep your names straight when discussing a murder investigation. Rodgers sent the following tweet when he was made aware of the segment.

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Aaron Rodgers rips Magic Johnson, Jon Gruden in one brilliant tweet

magic-johnsonMagic Johnson is one of the greatest players to ever touch a basketball, but his work as a television analyst leaves a lot to be desired. He and the rest of the ESPN NBA Countdown crew can be incredibly hard to listen to at times, which is why fans hold up signs like this behind them. Like many others, Aaron Rodgers is not a fan of Magic’s commentary.

Rodgers took to Twitter Friday night after (presumably) watching the Miami Heat defeat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. He packed a serious punch with one short tweet. Not only did he rip Magic, he also took aim at Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden.

He has a point. Magic and Gruden are similar in that they shower players with over-the-top praise, although Gruden doesn’t annoy me nearly as much as Johnson. I’ve actually kind of grown to enjoy the former Tampa Bay Bucs’ coach’s “this guy” and “that guy” jargon. Nevertheless, it sounds like Rodgers has a bone to pick with ESPN in general. He’s certainly not the only one.

Brett Favre: Aaron Rodgers will shatter all my Green Bay Packers records

Brett-Favre-Aaron-RodgersBrett Favre and the Green Bay Packers continue to inch closer to burying the hatchet. There has always been a noticeable amount of tension between Favre and Aaron Rodgers since the Packers decided to commit to the former Cal star as their quarterback of the future, but it appears the Ole Gunslinger is even ready to move on from that.

During an interview with Bruce Murray and Jim Miller on Sirius XM NFL Radio Thursday, Favre said he believes Rodgers could end up with a better legacy than his in Green Bay when his career is over.

“Aaron has played extremely well, probably even better than anyone anticipated, but I knew he was capable of that and that’s why they drafted him,” Favre said, via Pro Football Talk. “Barring any injury he’ll shatter everything I ever did there except for maybe consecutive games.”

Last week, Favre even took some of the blame for the way his career with the Packers ended. He alluded to that again on Thursday, saying he understood the team’s perspective when it came to going with Rodgers over him.

“I understood that they had a young quarterback who had tremendous potential, that they had to find out what he could do,” Favre said. “And, quite frankly, I had probably my best year in 16 years that past season and there’s two ways to look at that. If you’re in the organization and you’re making decisions you got to feel like, ‘OK, he had a great year but he’s probably maxed out.’ That’s kind of what I would have been thinking.”

Again, it is starting to sound like Favre is ready to see his number retired at Lambeau Field. With the way things have been going, I’d say it’s a safe bet that will be happening sooner rather than later.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Greg Jennings takes Brett Favre over Aaron Rodgers, won’t mention Rodgers by name

Greg-Jennings-Brett-Favre-PackersGreg Jennings went from fan favorite to enemy the second he decided to jump from the Green Bay Packers to the Minnesota Vikings. The wide receiver who brought Green Bay fans more than 6,000 yards and 53 touchdowns in seven seasons and helped win a Super Bowl is now wearing purple. Not only has he joined a rival, but Jennings also refuses to mention his former quarterback by name.

Whether by coincidence or not, Jennings avoided saying the name Aaron Rodgers in a recent interview with the Pioneer Press. He also said he would take Brett Favre over Rodgers when discussing how the two compare to Christian Ponder.

“When you talk about comparing quarterbacks, it’s hard to compare guys,” Jennings said. “I’ll take Brett. He did it for so long. I got there in a period of time where Brett already was there (as an elite quarterback). Then the guy they have now, he sat behind Brett and he learned so much.

“Christian didn’t really have that opportunity. He had to jump in. The way you compare them has to be a little different. The guy they have now (Rodgers) was (essentially) a veteran rookie. It’s a little different, but Christian has tremendous upside. I think what I see now is a quarterback who’s maturing and who’s growing and wanting to learn and grow, which is huge.”

The guy they have now, huh? That “guy” is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL and has already won a Super Bowl before his 30th birthday. That “guy” leaned heavily on Jennings before injuries forced him down the depth chart, which was not the quarterback’s fault.

Donald Driver would strongly disagree with Jennings’ assessment. Again, this could be a coincidence. Maybe we shouldn’t read into the fact that Jennings said “Brett” three times but referred to Rodgers as “the guy they have now” on multiple occasions. Whatever the case, the comments will likely help Packers fans figure out how to boo a player who gave them several great seasons.

Aaron Rodgers offers encouragement to Geno Smith

Aaron Rodgers offered some encouragement to Geno Smith as the West Virginia quarterback dropped in the NFL Draft.

Though Rodgers attended Game 3 between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks and did not watch most of the first round, he was aware of what was going on. He decided to tweet some words of encouragement for Geno Smith, who had yet to be selected.

Geno SmithSmith was believed to be the top quarterback on most draft boards and the strongest possibility of all the QBs to go in the first round. However, that wasn’t the case. The Buffalo Bills selected E.J. Manuel No. 16 overall, making the Florida State product the first quarterback selected. Most teams considered this to be a weak quarterback draft, meaning they didn’t want to spend a first-round pick on a marginal talent. Rodgers recognized that Smith would likely fall to the second round and decided to lift up his spirits.

Rodgers, as much as anyone, knows what it’s like to sit in Radio City Music Hall waiting for your name to be called. He was thought to be a possible No. 1 overall pick in 2005, but the San Francisco 49ers took Alex Smith. Rodgers inexplicably fell all the way to No. 24 before the Green Bay Packers selected him. A Super Bowl and MVP award later, and Rodgers proved it’s not about where you get selected, but what you do once you get your chance.

It’s funny that Rodgers sent the note for Geno, because Smith tweeted during the week that he was fueled by his doubters. He’ll enter the league with a chip on his shoulder similar to Rodgers.

Aaron Rodgers: It’s time for Packers, Brett Favre to mend relationship

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Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre presented an award together at the “NFL Honors” show Super Bowl weekend, and the current Packers quarterback says the event was a big step in the healing process between Favre and Green Bay. During his radio show on Tuesday, Rodgers said he hopes Packers fans and the organization are ready to reconcile with their former quarterback.

“As the face of the franchise now, (it’s) a role that I take very seriously. I have the responsibility and enjoy having the opportunity to represent my team,” Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN. “I think it’s important to realize that it is time to probably time to move forward.”

Rodgers says the producer of the show, with whom he is friends, asked him a week in advance if he would be interested in presenting an award with Favre. He thought about it and decided it would be a good thing to do.

“They pitched to me this idea of presenting with Brett, just to see how I would feel about it. And I thought about it for a little bit, but I really felt strongly that it was going to be a good thing for both of us and for Packer Nation,” Rodgers said, via ESPN Milwaukee.

Rodgers also confirmed that the “awkward” moment between him and Favre on stage was intentional, and that parts were scripted and others ad-libbed. He and Favre talked over the phone before presenting the award together and seemed to hash things out.

“Brett is two years removed from the game. He’ll be in the Packer Hall of Fame. He’ll have his number retired. He will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the next few years. . . . I thought it was good timing to just let the fans know, let Brett know, let’s move forward. Let’s heal things up and let’s move forward.

“I think this was a good thing for our team, good thing for our organization and hopefully Packer fans feel the same way. Things happen and I think it is important to move forward and for the healing process to begin,” said Rodgers.

It will be interesting to see if the team and fans follow Rodgers’ lead in welcoming back Favre. Like Rodgers says, it’s probably time to move forward.