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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Aaron Rodgers claps back at QBs mocking him for beer chugging

Aaron Rodgers

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.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was one of the first to show off how much better he is than Rodgers at slamming a beer, and Mitchell Trubisky also has Rodgers beat.

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.

White Sox troll Aaron Rodgers over weak beer chug

Aaron Rodgers

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.”

The tweet is a reference to Rodgers’ weak effort to chug a beer while attending Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford showed up Rodgers after seeing that. Now Mitch Trubisky has too. Kirk Cousins is next up on the list.

Matthew Stafford shows up Aaron Rodgers with beer chug

Matthew Stafford

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:

Rodgers was crushed on social media for his chug attempt.

Stafford decided to get in on the act by chugging a beer at the bar/restaurant where he was watching the game. Check out this video his wife shared in Instagram:

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Her “king of the north” hashtag says it all.

Meanwhile, recognizing all the crap he was getting for his chug, Rodgers suggested they drink scotch the next time.

Oh, and for those wondering, don’t even bother asking how Tom Brady would fare. He would crush Rodgers and Stafford.

Aaron Rodgers details his complaints about ‘Game of Thrones’ ending

Aaron Rodgers

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.

Packers coaches did not want to draft Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

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.

You can understand why things were so uncomfortable those first few years for the Packers, which also led to Favre slighting Rodgers at times. Time does help people forgive and forget, and the two quarterbacks have finally made amends.

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.

H/T Evan Silva

Davante Adams, ex-Packers WR defend Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

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.

Aaron Rodgers blasts Bleacher Report story as ‘smear attack’

Aaron Rodgers

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.”

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.

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.