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Patriots rookie has incredible quote after intercepting Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers throws a ball

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) prepares to throw the ball in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots lost Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers in overtime, but they had to be pleased with the play of rookie cornerback Jack Jones. The fourth-round pick had a pick-six against Aaron Rodgers, as well as a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

After the game, Jones was asked about his first career NFL interception and touchdown coming against a legend such as Rodgers. The rookie cornerback did not back down, saying it was “disrespectful” to try to beat him on an out route, as the Packers did on the play in question.

For what it’s worth, Jones has been putting his money where his mouth is. A video compilation showed that he has been selling out on out routes all season with the intention of getting the result he did on Sunday.

Rodgers probably was not worried about disrespecting a rookie cornerback, but Jones took it personally and it paid off for him. One has to admire the confidence, and it will probably get him noticed going forward. Maybe his play even came up during Rodgers’ lengthy conversation with Bill Belichick.

Aaron Rodgers shares why he spoke with Bill Belichick so long

Aaron Rodgers with his helmet on

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The admiration between Aaron Rodgers and Bill Belichick was evident in the week ahead of the Green Bay Packers-New England Patriots game, during the contest, and afterwards. Rodgers even shared after the game why the two shared such a long embrace after the game.

Rodgers led his Packers to a 27-24 win over the Pats in overtime on Sunday. After the game, the Packers quarterback and Patriots head coach spent a long time embracing and talking.

That wasn’t unique to the end of the game either; the two spent time pregame as well.

What was the reason the two spent so much time together? Rodgers said after the win that it will probably be the last time he and Belichick face each other.

He’s probably right. Those teams only meet every five years. Unless their teams make the Super Bowl in the same year, both men would have to still be around another five years in order to play (barring a trade).

The respect between the two legends was very strong.

After the game, Belichick said Rodgers was too much.

In the week leading up to the game, Rodgers said Belichick was the best coach in the game.

Belichick returned the compliment a day later.

Guys like Rodgers and Belichick are sure to make the Hall of Fame. They live for competition, and facing each other are among the biggest challenges in football.

Matt Flynn trolls Aaron Rodgers over play-calling claim

Aaron Rodgers smiles

August 12, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) smiles before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Flynn had one of the best games for a backup quarterback in NFL history nearly a decade ago, and he does not want Aaron Rodgers taking any credit for it.

Rodgers made his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday. One of the things he was asked about is the importance of offensive play-calling and whether he has ever thought about becoming a coordinator someday. Rodgers laughed and said that is actually something he has done before when he assumed play-calling responsibilities for the Packers in Week 17 of the 2011 season.

That was the game when then-head coach Mike McCarthy decided to rest his starters because the Packers were 14-1. Flynn started in place of Rodgers and threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a game against the Detroit Lions. The yardage still stands as a Packers record for most passing yards in a single game, though Rodgers matched it two years later.

Flynn, who was not played in the NFL since 2015, caught wind of Rodgers’ comments and decided to troll the reigning MVP. He joked that he audibled out of most of the plays Rodgers called in that game.

Rodgers also praised Flynn for playing an incredible game. You can hear the full comments below, but beware that the clip contains inappropriate language.

Flynn’s huge game was a big reason he signed a three-year, $20.5 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks after that season. He ended up back with the Packers in 2013 after Rodgers went down with an injury. Though he never lived up to the expectations that he created with his 480-yard performance, Packers fans will never forget that game.

Aaron Rodgers says he got help from unlikely source in win over Bucs

Aaron Rodgers smiles

August 12, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) smiles before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers may have had some help from an unlikely source at the very end of their win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

The Packers held firm on a two-point conversion attempt at the end of the fourth quarter to escape with a 14-12 road win over Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. The conversion attempt was defended very well by the Packers, as their defense made sure Brady had no open receivers in the end zone on the try.

Did the Packers know what was coming? Maybe. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was seen conversing with coach Matt LaFleur before the Buccaneers’ attempt, and he suggested after the game that he may have had a bit of inside information courtesy of the Raymond James Stadium jumbotron.

“Sometimes you see things in the game. Sometimes the jumbotron shows things they probably shouldn’t show, even at home. I saw something and just passed on the information,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers did not go into detail about what he may have seen. Perhaps he caught a glimpse of a play sheet or some other bit of information that could have tipped him off regarding what the Buccaneers were going to try to do. He may even be just trying to get in the Buccaneers’ heads a bit.

Maybe the Buccaneers will blow this off, but it might still prompt an awkward conversation or two around the team facilities this week. It might also leave Brady wanting to destroy another electronic device in response.

Aaron Rodgers had 1 complaint after Packers’ win over Bucs

Aaron Rodgers in an interview

Aaron Rodgers was pleased to get a big road victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but there is one thing he was not happy about.

Rodgers spoke with FOX’s Tom Rinaldi after his Green Bay Packers escaped with a 14-12 win over the Bucs. Rinaldi asked Rodgers what the quarterback said to Packers head coach Matt LaFleur at the end of the game.

Rodgers said that he complained to LaFleur that the Bucs had committed delay of game twice in a row. The Bucs were called for delay of game on their 2-point conversion attempt. Rodgers thinks the Bucs should have also been called for delay of game on the touchdown they scored on 3rd-and-goal with 14 seconds left.

“Well, they should have [been called for delay of game] on the previous play too. It was a delay on both plays,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes you see things in the game. Sometimes the jumbotron shows things they shouldn’t show, even at home. I saw something and just passed on the information.”

Rodgers is correct. Take a look at the 3rd-and-goal play:

Fans of other teams could reasonably say that it’s rich of Rodgers to complain about delay of game when he gets away with it all the time.

Regardless, Rodgers wasn’t wrong in this case.

Even though delay of game wasn’t called on the 3rd-and-goal play, it was called on the 2-point conversion. That call pushed the Bucs back and led Tampa Bay to try a pass play that was broken up. The Bucs appeared ready to try a running play prior to being penalized.

Look: Aaron Rodgers shows up to Week 3 with new hairstyle

Aaron Rodgers with his helmet on

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers has sported a number of different looks in recent years, and the Green Bay Packers star made yet another change to his appearance ahead of Week 3.

Rodgers is no longer rocking the long hair. The quarterback showed up to Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without his long locks.

That Rodgers is a totally different guy from the one who nailed the Nicolas Cage look during training camp.

Whether it is a long ponytail or a distinguished mustache, Rodgers never sticks with the same style for too long.

Aaron Rodgers offers clear stance on playing into his 40s

Aaron Rodgers smiles

August 12, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) smiles before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers has publicly flirted with retirement recently, though he ultimately returned for the 2022 season. While the Green Bay Packers quarterback does not appear to know exactly when he will walk away from the game, he continues to strongly indicate it will be sooner rather than later.

Rodgers made clear he has no plans to play into his mid-40s, and the 39-year-old has no intention of mimicking Tom Brady and playing until he is 45.

“I won’t be, I’ll be doing something else,” Rodgers told Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal. “I have a lot of other interests outside the game. Game’s been really, really good to me. I feel I’ve given my all to the game. At some point, it’ll be time to do something else, and I strongly believe that’ll be before 45.”

This is not a new stance from Rodgers, who has made clear his desire to retire before he turns 45. That does not necessarily mean the Packers quarterback is on the verge of walking away, though.

Rodgers has won back-to-back MVP awards, so it’s not as if his play has deteriorated with age. There is no reason to believe he can’t be effective for several more years — just not that many more.

Packers did ayahuasca celebration after Allen Lazard touchdown

Packers players pretend to drink

The Green Bay Packers dialed up the shaman after one of their touchdowns on Sunday night.

The Packers scored with 32 seconds left in the first half on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Allen Lazard. After the TD, Lazard used the football as a prop and pretended like he was pouring drinks to each of his teammates from it.

After each teammate took a fake shot, they dropped to the ground as if they had passed out.

That was believed to be a team ayahuasca celebration.

Ayahuasca is a South American drink that can cause hallucinations. Rodgers revealed in August that he had taken ayahuasca and believed it helped him win back-to-back MVP awards.

The Packers are definitely drinking the Kool-Aid.

Erin Andrews shares story of her frightening driver prior to Aaron Rodgers interview

Erin Andrews holds a mic

Oct 8, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews on air prior to the game with the Green Bay Packers playing against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Erin Andrews shared a story during the week of a frightening experience she had with a driver prior to Week 1.

Andrews served as a sideline reporter for the Week 1 game between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. She was doing lots of preparation ahead of the game, which included listening to conference calls with the coaches and players involved in the game. Andrews also had an interview with Aaron Rodgers to prepare for.

During her “Calm Down with Erin and Charissa” podcast episode that was released on Wednesday, Andrews shared quite a story (around 4:30 in).

Andrews said she flew to Chicago and then got a car to drive her to Green Bay for interviews. The car service apparently was a nightmare. The door for the first car she had wouldn’t close properly, she said. But things only got worse with her next car.

The FOX reporter says that her driver fell asleep on the road during the middle of their drive. She says she was on a call with FOX announcers Greg Olsen and Kevin Burkhardt, as they spoke with the Green Bay Packers quarterback.

“I’m typing, headphones are working, we’re good. I hear snoring. I know it’s not Greg Olsen, Kevin Burkhardt or Aaron Rodgers snoring. It’s my driver who fell asleep at the wheel. On a highway from Chicago!” Andrews said.

“Timeout. What do you mean he fell asleep at the wheel?” Charissa Thompson asked in response.

Andrews said that her driver was snoring and sleeping.

“Moving. 65 miles an hour. I am so thankful I put my phone on mute, because we’re on a Zoom. I put my phone on mute and I go, ‘ARE YOU EFFING SLEEPING?!’ Wakes up, Clark Griswold, it was awful. So now I have the quarterback of the team I’m trying to work on, I’m trying to take notes. I have full blown anxiety. This is not the way I want to go down. This is not the way I want to die …”

Andrews said that she then asked the driver to pull over and have some coffee to help stay awake.

“After Aaron (Rodgers) gets off (the call), I go ‘pull over at a Starbucks.’ I make him pull over at a McDonald’s. I go in, I get him a coffee. He doesn’t drink it. The entire car ride I am like ‘ahem ahem ahem’ monitoring if he’s sleeping at the wheel,” Andrews said.

Even though it was a frightening experience, all worked out well in the end for Andrews, who is part of FOX’s No. 1 NFL broadcasting team.

Sean Payton critical of Aaron Rodgers for attitude toward teammates

Aaron Rodgers looks frustrated on the sideline

Aaron Rodgers was openly frustrated about some of the play from his teammates during the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, and Sean Payton does not think the reigning MVP handled himself the right way.

On Green Bay’s first offensive play of the game against Minnesota, Rodgers unleashed a deep pass to a wide-open Christian Watson. The rookie receiver would have walked into the end zone if he caught the pass. Instead, he let it go right through his hands. Rodgers did not exactly give his teammate a “keep your head up.”

After Green Bay’s 23-7 loss, Rodgers began his press conference by saying “games usually come down to a few plays here and there.”

Payton was a guest on the “NFL Rhodes Show” podcast with Lindsay Rhodes this week. He was asked about Rodgers’ attitude toward his teammates, and the former New Orleans Saints coach did not hold back.

“It drives me crazy. Here’s the thing: I didn’t think he played well,” Payton said. “I don’t think Aaron played well. … After the game we go to the interview in the locker room and the very first question posed to Aaron was about bouncing back and he referenced the first play of the game, a dropped pass from a rookie. And I thought, ‘Come on.’ I like Aaron Rodgers but I didn’t like what I saw.”

Rodgers completed 22-of-34 passes for 195 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. He was visibly upset on the sideline late in the first half.

Those who followed the Packers during training camp probably could have seen this coming. Rodgers publicly vented about his wide receivers a month ago.

Like many great quarterbacks, Rodgers expects perfection. He is not going to get that from rookies like Watson. The 38-year-old is clearly having some trouble adjusting to life without Davante Adams, but it is noteworthy that a great coach like Payton thinks Rodgers handled himself poorly in Week 1.