Aaron Rodgers signed a massive contract extension with the Green Bay Packers last offseason that guarantees him around $100 million, and he is using some of that money to improve the football program that helped make him an NFL MVP.
“I’m pleased and proud to make this gift to support Cal football,” Rodgers said in a statement. “My years at Cal were among the best years of my life. My time in Berkeley created lasting, unforgettable memories. Coach Wilcox was on the coaching staff when I was a Bear, and I am excited about the team’s direction with Justin pointing the way. He is a tremendous football coach and an even better role model for his players. I hope that my contribution can help him move this program forward.”
Cal is looking to get back on track after going 12-13 in its first two seasons under head coach Justin Wilcox. Rodgers led the team to an 18-8 record in his two years at the Golden Bears’ starter in 2003 and 2004.
Aaron Rodgers may take comfort in the fact that he is better than most other NFL quarterbacks at football even if they can smoke him in a beer-chugging competition, but he’ll have a tough time making that argument against Tom Brady.
The New England Patriots held an event on Thursday night during which they received their Super Bowl rings, and Brady found himself in a chug-off with his center, David Andrews. Those who are familiar with Brady’s chugging prowess can guess how it went.
Aaron Rodgers has been relentlessly mocked since he failed to successfully chug a beer when he attended an Eastern Conference Finals game last month, but it sounds like the two-time NFL MVP is tired of hearing it from rival quarterbacks.
A reporter asked Rodgers at minicamp on Tuesday about the flak he has taken for his chugging skills, some of which has come from other players at his position. Rodgers response was essentially that he is better at things that matter more, such as making plays on the football field.
#Packers QB Aaron Rodgers jokes about the chugging prowess shown by other NFL QBs:
"For some of them, there’s finally a talent where they can say they are better than me." #Packers
The trolling has even extended to other sports, so you can understand why Rodgers finally felt the need to defend himself. Unfortunately, the football side of things has not gone too well for the Packers in recent years, either. Perhaps that will change in 2019 and people will forget all about Rodgers’ struggles with putting back suds.
Even the Chicago White Sox are trolling Aaron Rodgers over his weak beer chug.
Several members of the Chicago Bears attended Friday night’s White Sox-Cleveland Indians game. While at the game, they were shown on the video board at Guaranteed Rate Field doing a simultaneous beer chug.
When the White Sox shared the video on Twitter, they tagged Rodgers and told him “this is how you get it done.”
Aaron Rodgers may be a better quarterback than Matthew Stafford, but Stafford does have him beat in one area. The Detroit Lions quarterback showed up Rodgers when it comes to chugging a beer.
The matter came up after Rodgers was involved in a beer-chugging competition with his Green Bay Packers teammate, David Bakhtiari, while both were attending Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Milwaukee on Thursday.
Rodgers’ chug did not go well. It was more like a slow drink while he held up a finger asking for time:
Aaron Rodgers appeared as an extra in the penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones,” the popular HBO show that ended its run on Sunday. Being part of the cast, though, did not stop Aaron Rodgers from airing a list of grievances about how the show ended.
On Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers quarterback shared them while also clarifying his appearance.
Rodgers, who is not the first athlete to cameo on the show, confirmed that he was neither the guy who was blown up in an explosion, nor the Lannister archer, as many believed. He mused that the guy who was running away and blown up in a scene was “not an athlete” and seemed insulted that people assumed that was his role in the show.
But he saved his greatest critique for the ending. Rodgers is not a fan of Bran ruling Westeros at the end of the show, and took 90 seconds to go through his view of the ending like he was breaking down an upcoming opponent. He rattled of a laundry list of characters who had a better story than Bran. Rodgers offered his preferred winner: Danaerys Targaryen.
“I loved the opportunity to be in the show, which most probably don’t think I was, but I was there. I love the show, but the writers were also doing Star Wars, so I think they might have been a little busy this last season,” Rodgers said in one final shot.
Sounds like someone does not want to be part of the upcoming comedy series detailing Bran’s reign over Westeros.
The Green Bay Packers’ decision to draft Aaron Rodgers with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2005 draft is one of the most important moves that shaped the NFL’s history over the past 15 years. The pick of Rodgers added a complicated element to the end of Brett Favre’s career and helped set the Packers up for more than a decade of winning, including a Super Bowl.
The story of how the pick went down is incredibly fascinating, and was shared by former Packers executive Andrew Brandt during an interview on “The Ask Gary Vee Show.”
According to Brandt, the Packers only had first-round grades on about 20 players that year. By the time their No. 24 pick came up, there was only one remaining player available for whom they had a first-round grade: Aaron Rodgers.
Brandt told Vee that the Packers’ coaching staff was begging them not to take Rodgers. The coaches felt they already had a quarterback on the roster in Brett Favre and badly wanted a player who would help them win now rather than take a guy who would be sitting on the bench. They wanted to stretch for a guy they had a second-round grade for.
The Packers were so unconvinced about taking Rodgers that they waited most of the 15 minutes they had before needing to make a selection to see if another team would come through with a trade offer. After getting no trade calls, they finally took Rodgers.
And guess what happened? Brandt says they could hear fans at the draft party in Lambeau Field booing the pick. On top of that, they got a phone call from Favre’s agent Bus Cook immediately asking them what the heck was going on.
The Rodgers pick led to an uncomfortable situation in Green Bay for three years before the Packers decided to finally move forward and turn things over to Rodgers for the 2008 season.
As far as the pick, the Packers executives sticking to their draft board and going through with the Rodgers pick was the best thing they could have done. They got a Hall of Fame quarterback to follow a Hall of Fame quarterback, which is almost unprecedented.
You can listen/watch the story here, just beware of some curse words from Vee.
Aaron Rodgers tried to defend himself on Monday over a bombshell story that painted him in a negative light, and some of his current and former teammates have begun doing the same.
Davante Adams, Rodgers’ favorite target in Green Bay, blasted Bleacher Report’s Tyler Dunne for speaking on a subject without gathering all the facts. In particular, Adams took exception to a claim from an anonymous source that Rodgers told rookie wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown to run a different route from what former head coach Mike McCarthy called during a game last season. According to Dunne’s source, St. Brown had to tell a position coach he was “improvising” when the play didn’t work out because he didn’t want to throw Rodgers under the bus.
Rodgers said Monday that the play in question was a conversion route in which he and St. Brown were not on the same page. Adams says that is “100% accurate.”
“100% accurate. Thats what kills me man. Drag a HOF QB’s name thru the mud behind something you have zero clue about,” Adams wrote in a tweet. “New rule: Dont speak on shit unless u know all the facts. To whom it may concern….”
Adams drew an absurd 169 targets from Rodgers last season and has caught 35 touchdowns over the past three years, so you might think his opinion is a bit biased. However, former Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis, who was with the team from 2014-2017, defended both Rodgers and McCarthy and refuted the notion that he wound up in the quarterback’s “doghouse.”
Judging by the way he described the Bleacher Report article, it’s clear Rodgers feels it was designed to be a hit piece. While many of the sources may have had issues with him, it would not be a surprise if a lot of the information in the feature is accurate. There are two sides to every story, but both sides can have elements of truth within them. That is probably the case here.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has come out strongly against a recent Bleacher Report story that painted a rather unflattering picture of both himself and former coach Mike McCarthy.
Appearing on ESPN Milwaukee on Monday, Rodgers called the story a “smear attack” consisting of anecdotes from “irrelevant, bitter players who all have an agenda.”
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to @ESPNMilwaukee on the recent Bleacher Report piece: "The thing is… it's not a mystery, this was a smear attack by a writer trying to advance his career talking with mostly irrelevant, bitters players who all have an agenda."
Aaron Rodgers on @ESPNMilwaukee: "I will tell you this about Mike… I love Mike McCarthy. Mike has been a huge part of my success and my career… We have had issues. Every long relationship does have issues. But the way we dealt with those issues was face-to-face."
Rodgers denied specific aspects of the story as well, including an allegation that Packers CEO Mark Murphy told Rodgers “don’t be the problem” upon informing him of new coach Matt LaFleur’s hiring.
On Mark Murphy telling Rodgers "don't be a problem" while informing him the #Packers were hiring Matt LaFleur, Rodgers says: "It’s ridiculous. It’s 100 percent patently false." Says it's the same two unnamed teammates always saying things in these stories.
The Bleacher Report story was not flattering for Rodgers. One portion of it claimed that he consistently undermined McCarthy’s coaching, going as far as to force his wide receivers to choose between listening to him or the coach. Obviously, it’s in his best interest to shoot this stuff down as quickly as he can.
If Rodgers is telling the truth, it would seem he knows who’s behind the leaks. It may be worth dealing with that behind-the-scenes.
The situation between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy in Green Bay last season got uglier than most people imagined, and it apparently had a significant negative impact on the development of some of the Packers’ young wide receivers.
In a lengthy feature that examines what went wrong in Green Bay leading up to McCarthy’s firing, Bleacher Report’s Tyler Dunne was told by numerous sources that Rodgers frequently undermined McCarthy’s coaching decisions and play-calls to the point where he made his receivers choose between listening to their quarterback or their head coach. One source close to the Packers estimated Rodgers changed about one of every three plays McCarthy called, and that put rookie receivers Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in difficult spots.
On one play during a loss to the New England Patriots last season, Rodgers reportedly told St. Brown to run a post route when McCarthy called a flag. The play was unsuccessful, and St. Brown later had to tell a position coach he was “improvising” so he would not upset Rodgers by throwing him under the bus.
Other sources told Dunne that Rodgers would simply stop throwing to St. Brown and Valdes-Scantling when they made mistakes. When Valdes-Scantling began running the routes that were called from the sideline, Rodgers supposedly started freezing him out of the offense. Valdes-Scantling chalked it up to the MVP quarterback simply not liking him.