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Table of Contents

I. Background and Basics
Introduction

The Mr. (and Mrs.) Rodgers Neighborhood

II. The Man with the Golden Arm
Like Father, Like Son

Heaven Can Wait, Mr. Rigsbee

The Chico Kid Meets the California Golden Bears

III. Professional Career
Snubbed. Again!

Waiting in the Wings

Laying the Groundwork

Starter At Last

Packer At Last

The Road to Greatness

The Future Looks Bright

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IV. Public and Private Persona
Preach the Gospel at All Times; If Necessary, Use Words

The Championship Belt Move

Recent News

Attributed Quotes

Trivia/Facts

Conclusion

V. Interesting Resources and
Readings
Sources

Further Reading

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I.

Background and
Basics

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Introduction

"You can be the smartest quarterback in the world and have the greatest leadership skills
and run around and all that, but if you can't throw the ball where it needs to be thrown,
then none of that other stuff matters." (Troy Aikman)

If that’s the case, then Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers could well be the best
quarterback to ever play in the NFL. That is what analysts say now, but this
acknowledgement was a long time in coming.

Surpassing everyone’s expectations except his own, Rodgers flew under the radar for
virtually his entire athletic career. He was the college junior who set season, game, and
career records at Cal Berkeley only to get passed over by 23 teams on NFL Draft Day. He
was the high school senior who set school and state records, only to be denied a single
Division I scholarship. He’s the middle school kid who, when asked what he would
contribute to the school during his admission interview, answered simply, "I'm going to
make your sports programs better."

Rodgers spent the first three years of his professional career in the shadow of the great
Brett Favre, waiting for his chance at the starting job. Once it was his, he had to endure
the endless comparisons and criticisms. He’s too short. He’s not mobile. He can’t win
clutch games. He’s from California and won’t perform in cold weather. He’s susceptible to
concussions. He’s not Brett.

To his credit, Rodgers let his football skills do the speaking for him. Rodgers led the
Packers from last place to a Super Bowl Championship in three seasons. In four years as
a starting quarterback, he’s amassed career statistics to match players with twice the
playing time. He has an uncanny talent for hitting open receivers and avoiding covering
defenders. He throws short and long passes with an accuracy unmatched by any NFL
quarterback, active or retired.

Rodgers will embark on his fifth season as the starting quarterback in the fall of 2012. He
won’t turn 30 years old until December of that year. He’s durable, having missed only 2
starts in 64 games over four seasons as a starter. His stats in nearly every category have
improved every season. Blessed with total recall, he’s memorized the playbooks of every
opponent in the NFL. He is an uber-competitor and lead-by-example role model who

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opponent in the NFL. He is an uber-competitor and lead-by-example role model who
raises the bar for himself and expects his teammates to follow.

In debating how good Rodgers can get, one might as well ask, how high is the sky?

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The Mr. (and Mrs.) Rodgers
Neighborhood

“The house was clean. Food was always on the table. And there was always love. But as
Edward Rodgers struggled to make ends meet before finally becoming a chiropractor,
there was never anything much.”

Aaron Charles Rodgers was born in Chico, California, on December 2, 1983, the second of
three boys for Ed and Darla Rodgers. His older brother Luke was born 19 months earlier,
his younger brother Jordan, 5 years later (August 30, 1988).

Father Ed introduced his three boys to sports at an early age. Aaron and Luke were
particularly competitive, fighting battles over the video game console, on the basketball
court, and occasionally with punches.

Childhood scuffles aside, the Rodgers were (and still are) a close knit family, grounded in
their Christian faith. Ed turned to religion after his playing days ended prematurely, by his
own admission. Instead of staying in shape or studying to complete his degree, Ed lived to
party, a life choice he regretted later when he struggled to support his growing family.

Ed was a standout tackle in high school who won All-Conference honors three years in a
row as a guard. In his senior year he was voted Division II All-American honorable
mention. After college, Ed played offensive guard for the semi-pro Twin Cities Cougars of
Marysville, California, from 1978-81.

He married Darla, whom he’d known since Chico State, and they started a family. The
young family moved to Darla’s hometown, Ukiah, California, where her parents, Barbara
and Chuck Pittman still live today. Here, Rodgers attended Oak Manor Elementary
School from 1990-1993. He showed his athletic talents early, winning a local free throw
competition as a 9-year-old.

Concerned about injury, Ed and Darla didn’t allow the boys to play organized football
before middle school. Nonetheless, father and sons often played catch in the front yard.
Rodgers was an avid football fan from very early age. By the time he was two years old,
Rogers would sit quietly, transfixed by the games on television. He was collecting football

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cards and updating players’ statistics by the age of five. His favorite team was the San
Francisco 49ers and he idolized star quarterback Joe Montana and later, Steve Young.

In 1994, the family moved again, this time to Beaverton, Oregon, so Ed could attend
chiropractic school. Rodgers attended Vose Elementary School for the next three years.
Being barred from organized football didn’t stop him from supplying his own Nerf football
and drawing up plays for his classmates during recess.

Rodgers was an excellent athlete, playing baseball and basketball all through elementary
school. He showed the same competitive drive in team sports as he had with his brothers;
playing against older athletes didn’t bother him a bit. When he was 11 years old, he made
the Raleigh Hills Little League 12u All-Star Team. One season in basketball, he averaged
20 points per game.

After finishing school in 1997, Ed and his family returned to Chico and set up his
chiropractic office, which he still maintains. Finally allowed to play on school teams,
Rodgers became a star quarterback for Pleasant Valley High School.

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II.

The Man with the
Golden Arm

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Like Father, Like Son

"I think my greatest motivation is making my parents proud and seeing the sacrifices they
made. We grew up without a lot of money and dad moving from job to job and doing
different things and going shopping maybe once a year for clothes and wearing the same
pair of shoes for basketball that I wore for school.” (Aaron Rodgers)

Ed did his best to help his boys avoid making the same mistakes he had. He devoted
quality time to them, nurturing their passion for sports. He counseled them to think of
their careers beyond college and about the pitfalls of excessive drinking and partying.

The lessons stuck, as Rodgers credits his parents with being hard-working role models
and loving influences throughout his life. He took their experiences, and more importantly
their sacrifices, to heart in setting his own standards of excellence. Rodgers was a stellar
academic student, graduating high school with a 3.9 GPA and scoring 1300 on his S.A.T.
college entrance exams.

Rodgers as a high-school freshman was only 5’ 2”, 130 lbs. By graduation he’d grown to
6’, 170 lbs., still not a particularly imposing figure. Nonetheless, he was a dedicated
student-athlete and natural leader. Football offensive coordinator and baseball coach,
Ron Souza confirmed Rodgers’ leadership abilities: mentally alert, always prepared, good
at motivating people.

The ‘A’ student also had an uncanny ability to visualize Xs and Os on paper into live-action
plays on the field. After years of watching Bill Walsh’s sophisticated West Coast offensive
strategy, he liked to discuss the details with Pleasant Valley head coach Sterling Jackson
and Souza.

The other thing Rodgers possessed was long arms and large hands, which boosted his
ball control and pass distance. The big grip let him put a tight spin on the ball when he
threw it, a desirable skill that allows quarterbacks to throw the ball farther on long passes
and thread the needle through dense coverage for shorter ones. It’s no surprise to note
his strong arm benefited him in baseball as well. Rodgers, as a high school
pitcher, possessed a 91 miles-per-hour fastball.

He made the California All-Northern Section list in 2000 and 2001, his sophomore and

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junior years. By his junior year, he was the Vikings starting quarterback and set a single-
season record of 2,243 passing yards. In his senior year, 2002, he threw for 2,176 passing
yards. He also set a single-game record with six touchdowns and 440 all-purpose yards.
The summer after graduation, he was selected to play in the Lions Northern California All-
Star Game for high school athletes.

Despite his outstanding numbers, not a single four-year college recruiter came calling.
Rodgers believed he was good enough to play for any NCAA Division I team but he was
turned down by Bobby Bowden’s football powerhouse at Florida State, and his only
invitation was to a walk-on tryout at University of Illinois without guarantee of a
scholarship. The frustrated Rodgers was ready to quit football and try pitching his
fastball for a minor league baseball contract, or (gasp!) a entirely different, non-athletic
career.

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Heaven Can Wait, Mr. Rigsbee

"You had guys that had been in construction jobs and grocery store jobs and club jobs.
Some were bounce-back guys or, like me, guys who'd been overlooked. Everybody was
hungry." (Aaron Rodgers)

Enter Coach Craig Rigsbee of Butte College, located 14 miles southeast of Chico, who had
been scouting Rodgers since 2001. He was particularly impressed with Rodgers’ strong
arm and sharp instincts; he wasn’t concerned about Rodgers’ lack of bulk. He had to do a
bit of selling to convince the discouraged athlete of the benefits of playing at the
community college level. He also promised that should a Division I school come calling, he
would send Rodgers off with his blessing.

A recharged Rodgers started racking up records in passing, yardage, and touchdowns. In
his freshman (and only) year as a Butte Roadrunner in 2002, he set single-game and
season records for touchdown passes: 6 and 26, respectively. He also led the team to a
record-setting 468 total offensive yards in a single game.

By season’s end, Butte had achieved a 10-1 record, No. 2 national ranking, and NorCal
Conference Championship title. In the conference championship game, Rodgers passed
for 251 yards and two touchdowns, helping lead Butte to a 37-20 victory over San Joaquin
Delta, and was voted game MVP.

After the season, the freshman quarterback was voted the All-NorCal Conference Most
Valuable Player, All-California First Team (Region I) and All-California Offensive Player of
the Year (Region 1) by the California Community College Coaches Association.

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The Chico Kid Meets the California
Golden Bears

“Who’s this quarterback? He jumps off the screen at me.” (Jeff Tedford)

In the Pac-10 Conference (Pac 12 after 2011), arguably one of the nation’s toughest
collegiate football conferences, University of California, “Cal” Berkeley, is the perpetual
runt of the litter. The last time Cal qualified for a Rose Bowl championship game, which
pits the best teams from the Pac 10 and Big 8, was in 1959. For the next 42 years, 1960-
2001, their cumulative win-loss-tie record was 188-261-8. Out of nine head coaches, only
two had (barely) winning records during their tenure.

Jeff Tedford arrived in 2002 to take the reins of a miserable Cal Bears football program.
Under Tedford’s predecessor, Tom Holmoe, the Bears suffered a 12-43 record over five
seasons; four victories were forfeited retroactively because players were academically
ineligible. In Holmoe’s last year, Cal finished the season 1-10 and dead last in the Pac-10
Conference.

With a football history such as this, Tedford knew he’d be searching for talent in
unconventional places, such as scouring junior colleges for candidates who’d been passed
over by the sexier, top-10 nationally ranked programs such as the USC Trojans or
Washington Huskies.

Tedford was watching tapes of a talented tight end named Garrett Cross playing for the
Butte Roadrunners, who were tearing up the Nor-Cal junior college conference. He liked
the tight spirals coming from the quarterback throwing to Cross and was surprised to
learn he was watching an 18-year-old freshman.

Tedford was even more surprised, and pleasantly so, to learn that because of his
excellent high school grades and SAT score, Rodgers was academically eligible to transfer
into a four-year university after just one year of community college instead of the usual
two.

The former offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks knew what qualities he wanted in
a quarterback. Rodgers had the physical skills—athletic ability and arm strength—and

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Tedford knew they could get even better with coaching. Tedford also was looking for
“intangibles”, or innate qualities possessed by great team leaders: mental and physical
toughness, intelligence, and competitiveness.

To answer questions of the latter, he went to meet with Rodgers in-person and again,
Tedford was impressed. Rodgers was likewise pleased with the meeting, having known of
Tedford’s reputation for building up the Oregon program to a No. 2 national ranking
before he left. By February 2003, Rodgers had signed his national letter of intent to play
for Tedford and the Cal Bears.

It didn’t take long for Rodgers to make an impact on the Bears offense. Senior Reggie
Robertson started the first three games of the 2003 season, winning one and losing two.
Rodgers replaced starter Robertson in game four, after Utah jumped to a 14-0 lead in the
first quarter. The next game Rodgers got his first start and first win against Illinois, the
school that denied him a scholarship in 2001.

The following week, in just his second start, Rodgers helped lead Cal to a stunning 34-31
upset of No. 3 ranked USC. Rodgers was brutally pounded by the USC defense but lasted
until the third quarter, at which point Cal was winning 21-7. Robertson took over and Cal
scored 13 more points to give them the victory in a grueling marathon that went through
3 overtime periods and lasted over 3.5 hours. The following week, the Football Writers
Association of America named the Cal Bears the National Team of the Week.

By the end of his first season, Rodgers had tied a Cal season record for number of games
with at least 300 passing yards (5). He set a new season record for lowest percentage of
pass interceptions (1.43%) that included a streak of 98 straight passes without an
interception, and a second streak of 105 straight passes. He was listed as an honorable
mention for the postseason All-Pac 10 Team.

The Bears’ 7-3 record for the season qualified them to play in the Insight Bowl
championship game against Virginia Tech. In the championship game, Rodgers
completed 27 out of 35 passes for 394 yards and 2 touchdowns, and rushed for 2 more
touchdowns on the way to a 52-49 victory, after which he was named MVP of the game.

After the thrilling finish to the 2003 season, expectations for 2004 ran high. Rodgers
responded by meeting them, and then some. In the highly anticipated rematch with No.1-
ranked USC, Rodgers tied an NCAA record for consecutive passes in one game (23) with
an 85.3% completion rate (29 Cmp./34 Att.) In the end, however, USC was able to stop
Rodgers’ passing game. With Cal camped on the nine-yard line and less than two minutes
left in the game, the USC defense forced three incomplete passes and a sack to hold onto

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a 23-17 victory.

This turned out to be their only loss of the season as Rodgers led the Bears to a 10-1
record and No. 5 ranking by the Bowl Championship Series committee. Despite their
outstanding record, the postseason for the Bears ended in disappointment. A
controversial committee vote resulted in Cal being skipped over for the Rose Bowl
championship game. Instead Cal faced Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl, and lost 45-31.

Rodgers finished the year completing 209 of 316 passes, a 66.1% completion rate, for
2,566 yards and 24 touchdowns. His passing efficiency rating of 154.35 ranked him the
eighth best quarterback in the nation. Rodgers was voted Cal Co-Offensive MVP, First
Team All-Pac 10, Second Team Academic All-Pac 10, and honorable mention All-
American by Sports Illustrated. He was one of 15 Heisman Trophy candidates.

Overall, Rodgers had 22 starts and a 17-5 collegiate record. In only two seasons, he had
attained the seventh highest passing yardage with 5,469 yards, 43 touchdowns, and a
completion rate of 63.7% (completing 424 of 665 passes). He threw just 13 interceptions
for a interception rate of 1.95, which was a new Pac-10 record and beat the previous
record by .64 points.

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III.

Professional Career

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Snubbed. Again!

“The Lord has been teaching me a lot of humility and patience. He kind of threw both of
those in my face today. Good things happen to those who wait.” (Aaron Rodgers)

Following his junior season, Rodgers decided to enter the NFL draft in 2005 rather than
return to college. He’d had two great seasons with Cal and performed impressively in NFL
pre-draft combines/workouts. Many draft analysts predicted he would be selected
early during the first round of picks.

Rodgers arrived dressed in suit and tie at the NFL Draft Day “green room,” along with the
other highly rated quarterback prospect, Alex Smith of Utah. The San Francisco 49ers
used their #1 pick to select Smith. More than four hours later, the catering crew was
clearing away the dishes, and Rodgers was still sitting there in an otherwise empty room.
Surrounded by cameras and reporters, Rodgers could do nothing except sit quietly and
read text messages from excited friends as he was passed over by team after team.

Finally, the Green Bay Packers used their first pick, #24 overall, rescuing Rodgers from
further agony. A mixed blessing some analysts remarked, since the Packers already had
star quarterback Brett Favre. It meant Rodgers would likely begin his football career as a
professional stand-in; the backup guy who threw passes during practice drills and
pretended to be the opposing quarterback on the scout team.

Since then, a number of theories have floated about as to why Rodgers slipped so far
down the draft charts. One is that most teams that year were looking to fill positions
other than quarterback. Indeed, Green Bay hardly needed to shop for a new quarterback,
but they decided not to pass up on a first-round draft pick who could be traded should
they need to fill a hole somewhere else down the road.

Another theory is 49ers head coach Mike Nolan wasn’t comfortable with strong
personalities, so he picked the quarterback least likely to challenge his directives. Still
another opinion was Tedford-coached quarterbacks, while excellent at the collegiate
levels, were unable to step up to the NFL’s more complex strategies and physically
demanding contests.

Whatever the reason, Rodgers again found himself being underestimated. He put on his

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best company face and said the right things to the right people. On the inside, however,
the kid who hated to lose at anything, was burning to show the rest world what he already
knew: he was as good as any quarterback drawing an NFL salary.

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Waiting in the Wings

"I know my role on this team and it's to be the backup and study and learn from Brett and
try to get better each day in practice.” (Aaron Rodgers)

Rodgers signed with Green Bay for a reported $7.7 million over five years. The contract
guaranteed a minimum salary of $5.4 million, with a maximum potential of up to $24.5
million should he meet all the incentive and escalator clauses.

As expected, Rodgers spent most of his rookie year, 2005, sitting on the sidelines during
the regular season. His only playing time came in two games; he was inserted when his
efforts were inconsequential to the final outcome. His season totals: 9 of 16 passes
completed for 65 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, three sacks.

In January 2006, Green Bay fired head coach Mike Sherman after a disappointing 4-12
record. Favre, having suffered the worst season of his career, considered retiring when
he heard the news of Sherman’s dismissal. For a few winter months, it looked as though
Rodgers was going to be Green Bay’s #1 quarterback. In April, however, Favre decided to
return for his 16th season.

Rodgers’ first regular season appearance was in the 4th quarter against the Eagles on
Oct. 2. When Favre injured his elbow during the 2nd quarter against the Patriots on Nov.
19, it gave Rodgers the opportunity for some legitimate playing time. Unfortunately,
Rodgers fractured a bone in his foot during the game and ended up on the injured
reserve list for the remainder of the season. His season totals: 6 of 15 passes completed
for 46 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions, three sacks.

In a post-game interview following the last game of the regular season, Favre again
brought up the idea of retirement. By February 2007, he insisted he was playing in the
upcoming season.

Rodgers again worked out with the practice/scout teams for most of 2007. He had playing
time against the Vikings on Nov. 11 and Cowboys on Nov. 29 during the regular season.
He appeared briefly in the NFC divisional playoff game against the Seahawks on Jan. 12
and Giants on Jan. 20, but threw no passes. His season totals: 20 of 28 passes completed
for 218 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions, three sacks.

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Laying the Groundwork

“. . . the scout-team offense is populated by disgruntled players who think they should be
starting or by starters just helping out and making sure they don't get hurt. But Aaron
took every scout-team possession like it was the last possession of his life.” (Donald
Driver)

It is significant to point out that although Rodgers saw very little game time during his first
three seasons as a pro, he was building a solid reputation among teammates and
coaches for his dedication, preparation, and leadership. Every week, Rodgers studied the
upcoming opponent’s playbook. During practice, he led the scout teams like they were
playing for a championship title.

Under new head coach Mike McCarthy, Rodgers put in time during the off-season
attending “Quarterback School.” Rodgers would also review games from previous
seasons with quarterback coach Tom Clements, studying defensive coverages and
offensive opportunities. Taking advantage of Rodgers’ near-photographic memory,
McCarthy had him watch tapes of that week’s upcoming opponent and then present
scouting reports to the coaches.

The other thing Rodgers did was watch Favre’s every move and learn from him.

“So I’d stick my head in there when he’s talking in the huddle and lean in and listen to
what he’s saying and listen to him in practice. I’d watch him like a hawk. This guy is one
of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play, so I better figure out what he’s doing.”

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Starter At Last

I'm not Brett Favre. And if they're wanting me to be the next Brett Favre, I'm not going to
be him. I'm Aaron Rodgers. That's who I am. (Aaron Rodgers)

For the third year running, Favre hemmed and hawed about hanging up his cleats as the
season drew to a close:

January 20: The Packers end the season with a 13-3 record.

March 4: Favre announces his retirement.

April 25: David Letterman show—Favre says he’s reconsidering the decision.

July 11: Favre asks to be released, the Packers refuse.

July 14: Favre tells Fox News he wants to play for another team.

July 30: Favre files for reinstatement.

Aug. 7: The Packers trade Favre to the New York Jets.

At long last, Rodgers had the starting quarterback job for Green Bay. He was as prepared
for the promotion as any backup could have been. Even so, noteworthy successors to
superstar quarterbacks are extremely rare occurrences. Worse yet, a winning
performance on the field does not necessarily translate into acceptance by fans. Hall of
Fame quarterback Steve Young won Super Bowl XXIX and was named MVP. He also
earned the NFL passing title six times, League MVP twice, Pro Bowl Team seven times.
Yet, throughout his career he listened to fans criticize him for not being Joe Montana.

The 24-year-old Rodgers wasn’t following a superstar quarterback, he was taking the
reins from a football legend. The statistical site Pro-Football-Reference.com, Favre ranks
fifth in career value among all football players rated since 1950. Favre started in 255
consecutive games over 16 years, every game the Packers played from 1992-2007. He’d
led the Packers to 11 postseason runs and two Super Bowls. He had amassed NFL career
records in pass attempts, pass completions, passing yardage, touchdown passes,
consecutive games with a touchdown pass, and wins. His awards included League MVP (3

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times), Pro Bowl Team (11), All-Pro Selection (6), and All-Decade Team.

And so Rodgers started 2008 under familiar circumstances—respected by coaches and
teammates, and underrated by everyone else. The opening game of the season was
played on the Packers’ home turf of Lambeau Field. Everyone seemed a bit over-anxious,
as the penalties piled up on both sides, but in the end, Rodgers led the Packers to victory
in front of 71,000 fans. Game one, done.

After his second game, during which he threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns to
defeat the Lions, Rodgers was voted the FedEx Air Player of the Week. At one point
during the season, he completed 159 consecutive passes without an interception, the
third-longest streak by a Green Bay quarterback, behind Bart Starr (294) and Brett Favre
(163). Seven games into the season, Rodgers signed a six-year contract extension worth
up to $65 million with $20 million guaranteed.

Rodgers started every game for the rest of the season and finished with a 6-10 record.
His season totals: 341 of 536 passes completed for 4,038 yards, 28 touchdowns, 13
interceptions, 34 sacks. He showed mobility as well, rushing for 207 yards with an
average of 3.7 yards/carry, 4 touchdowns, and 4 fumbles. He was ranked sixth among all
quarterbacks and top 10 in most quarterback performance metrics: Passes Completed
(#7), Passing Yds (#4), Passing TDs (#4), Passing Yds/Game (#6), Pass Attempts/Game
(#8), Passes Completed/Game (#8).

Some questions arose about Rodgers’ ability to win in clutch situations, à la Joe “Cool”
Montana. Some critics pointed to his defeat in seven closely contested games, others
attributed the losses to failings of the defense and special teams. Seems the front office
agreed with the latter opinion and replaced most of the defensive coaching staff following
the 2008 season.

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Packer At Last

“Aaron absolutely took the high road. He's managed through a tough situation in a really
gracious, awesome way. There are things that he went through that no one knows about.
Just do your job. Play football. And the benefits are great when you just hang
tough." (Steve Young)

The 2009 season started with Rodgers’ first come-from-behind win, against the Bears on
Sep. 13. With 1:11 minutes left to play, Rodgers completed a 50-yard pass to receiver
Greg Jennings followed by another pass to Jennings for the 2-point conversion, giving the
Packers the win, 21-15.

Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for October. Midway through the
season the Packers were just 4-4, at which point Rodgers led the charge to a 7-1 record
to finish out the season. Their 11-5 overall record qualified them to a wild card playoff
spot, and they lost in the first round to the Cardinals. Rodgers was also voted to his first
Pro Bowl and started for the NFC Team.

Rodgers showed his durability by again starting every game for the Packers, including pre
and postseason games. His season totals: 350 of 541 passes completed for 4,434 yards,
30 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 50 sacks. He rushed for 316 yards with an average of 5.4
yards/carry, 5 touchdowns, and 10 fumbles. His passer rating of 103.2 ranked him second
place among quarterbacks for the season, and second highest in Green Bay history.

He was the first starting quarterback in NFL history to throw at least 4,000 yards in his
first two seasons. Also, he became the first quarterback to score at least 30 passing
touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns, and throw fewer than eight interceptions in
one season. His 4,434 passing yardage was the second in Green Bay history to Lynn
Dickey (4,458 passing yards) . Against Cleveland on Oct. 25, Rodgers earned a 155.4
passer rating, the highest single-game rating for a Green Bay quarterback.

Perhaps most importantly, Rodgers was winning the hearts and souls of the Packer fans.
At preseason camp the previous summer, Rodgers had to endure signs and chants calling
for Favre’s return. As Rodgers and the Packers improved, so did the mood of the loyal
and enthusiastic fanbase.

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The Road to Greatness

“That’s the funny thing about development. In Rodgers’ case, years of apprenticeship
culminated in one week last February. He won the Super Bowl, got the car, returned
home to California and went golfing. . . . [and] hit a hole in one.” (Greg Bishop, The New
York Times)

The Packers had another lukewarm start to their 2010 season, going 6-6. Two
of the losses were in overtime, making his career record in overtime games 0-
5. The questions of Rodgers’ composure under pressure resurfaced.

More concerning than his performance in must-win scenarios was Rodgers’ health. After
the game against the Redskins on Oct. 10, he was diagnosed with a concussion. Rodgers
kept playing until he sustained a second concussion during the game against the Lions on
Dec. 12.

He was placed on injured reserve and cleared for play in time to start against the Giants
on Dec. 26 in a must-win qualifier for postseason play. Rodgers led the Packers to a 45-17
win and turned in his highest single-game passing yardage of the season, 25 of 37 passes
completed for 404 yards and four touchdowns.

By defeating the Bears the following week, another elimination game, the Packers earned
a wild card playoff spot. Rodgers took his team on the road, defeating the top three
seeded teams—the Eagles, Falcons, and Bears (again)—to win the NFC Championship
Title and the privilege of playing against the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

The quarterback matchup for Super Bowl XLV was Rodgers versus Ben Roethlisberger.
Rodgers and his receiving corps, in particular Jordy Nelson, carved up “the best defense
in the league,” completing 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions,
and 111.5 passer rating.

As Rodgers hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy overhead, linebacker Clay Matthews
draped a WWE Championship Belt over his shoulder. After eight years of waiting in the
wings, Rodgers was enjoying center stage as the Super Bowl MVP.

His season totals: 312 of 475 passes completed for 3,922 yards, 28 touchdowns, 11
interceptions, 31 sacks. He rushed for 356 yards with an average of 5.6 yards/carry, 4

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touchdowns, and 4 fumbles; the third highest rushing yardage for a quarterback in NFL
history. His 101.2 passer rating made him the first Green Bay quarterback to achieve
100-plus passer rating in consecutive seasons. He earned a number of awards for the
regular season: NFC Offensive Player of the Week (weeks 13 and 16), NFC Offensive
Player of the Month, and FedEx Air Player of the Year.

Green Bay fans reveled in the days following the championship. Behind the scenes,
however, trouble was brewing as players and owners were failing in their efforts to agree
on a new collective bargaining agreement. On March 11, the owners instituted a league-
wide lockout that effectively stopped all team operations, including trade/contract
negotiations, player signings, team meetings, and training camps.

Several players filed antitrust suits against the owners. As the weeks dragged on without
resolution, many players organized group workout sessions with teammates. On July
25th, both sides signed a new 10-year agreement. The 2011 season was back on track.

In the weeks leading up to the 2011 season, the #1 topic of debate was, of course, could
the Packers be repeat champions? Rodgers and Co. responded with a roar, charging to a
13-0 record before losing their only game of the season to the Chiefs on Dec. 18. The loss
ended a 19-game win streak that extended back to the previous season. The Packers
finished the season with a not-quite-perfect 16-1 record, and another trip to postseason
play.

Their regular season record earned them a bye in the first round of the playoffs. In the
next round, Eli Manning and the Giants stunned everyone with a 37-20 victory that ended
the Packers season. In an uncharacteristically anemic performance, Rodgers managed to
complete only 47.8% of his passes (11-of-23) and with zero touchdowns. This was in
stark contrast to his 84% pass completion (21-of-25) and three touchdowns against the
Bears during their regular-season game, and his 67.8% for the season overall.

The early exit from postseason play was a particularly bitter pill for Rodgers, who posted
career bests in a number of quarterback metrics during the regular season. He started
every game of the season except the last one, after the Packers had clinched home-field
advantage for the playoffs. His season totals: 343 of 502 passes completed for 4,643
yards, 45 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 36 sacks. He rushed for 257 yards with an
average of 4.3 yards/carry, 3 touchdowns, and 4 fumbles. His passer rating of 122.5 was
the best single-season rating in NFL history.

The awards piled up during and after the season. NFC Offensive Player of the Month (3
times), FedEx Air Player of the Week (6), Green Bay Hall of Fame MVP, Pro Bowl Team,

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NFL 101 NFC Offensive Player of the Year, AP Male Athlete of the Year, All-Pro Team, AP
MVP, Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team, ESPN ‘Any Era’ Team, Bert Bell
Award, and NFL MVP.

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The Future Looks Bright

"But the expectations people put on me are not going to be able to exceed the ones I put
on myself. I'm a perfectionist and I expect to play well.” (Aaron Rodgers)

The playoff loss still stings, but Rodgers should take heart. The Packers picked well on NFL
Draft Day, repairing the defensive flaws that all-but guaranteed last year’s early exit from
the playoffs.

In the meantime, jersey #12 appears poised to write some legends of his own. Over 7
professional seasons, Rodgers owns a career passer rating of 104.2, the highest in the
history of all NFL quarterbacks and beating second-ranked Tony Romo by 7.2 points. It’s
worth noting that the difference separating Rodgers and Romo is greater than between
#2 Romo (96.9) and #12 Chad Pennington (90.1).

According to many analysts, quarterbacks who are “game managers” are the key to
winning seasons and Super Bowls these days. Teams aren’t just looking for the guy who
can launch footballs like cannons, but a thinks-on-his feet strategist with a talent for
seeing how a play will develop before the ball is snapped.

If this theory holds true, then no quarterback is more suited to the football-as-chess-
match style of play than Rodgers. With a near-photographic memory, years of scouting
opponents, and his ability to turn visualizations in his head into 1st-and-10 gains on field,
Rodgers has all the right tools. Best of all, Rodgers won’t turn 30 years old until mid-
season in 2012.

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IV.

Public and Private
Persona

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Preach the Gospel at All Times; If
Necessary, Use Words

“I grew up knowing what a stable relationship was by my parents’ example and how it
centered on Christ. When our family had its ups and downs, I knew my parents relied on
God for everything and He always got us through those rough spots.” (Aaron Rodgers)

Rodgers attributes his ability to stay on-course and out of trouble to his acceptance of
Jesus Christ at an early age. Rodgers was actively involved in Young Life, a Christian youth
organization, while growing up in Chico. At Cal, he participated in service projects for
Athletes in Action , a Christian sports ministry.

Rodgers believes in expressing his faith through his day-to-day behavior, without overtly
proselytizing. He favors the example of St. Francis of Assisi, preferring good deeds over
words to spread the gospel. It fits in with the rest of his personality. Friends, family, and
teammates have long noted Rodgers possesses the sort of internal integrity that meshes
words, beliefs, and action. If actions are enough to get the point across, he’ll leave it at
that. Rodgers has been known to quietly pick up a restaurant tab or make a charity
appearance without alerting the media.

That isn’t to say he isn’t a good interview. He’s articulate and confident; he’s not a
braggart. Attention professional athletes. This is how you handle a press conference.
After waiting for hours in the green room on NFL Draft Day, the 22-year-old was asked
how he felt about free-falling from #1 to #24. He answered, “I fell way down, but with the
chance to play behind one of the best quarterbacks of all time [Brett Favre], I fell into
something great."

Like many modern athletes, Rodgers understands the power media holds over his
fanbase, whether it’s SportsCenter or Twitter. An industry poll showed Rodgers was by far
the more marketable quarterback leading up to Super Bowl XLV.

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The Championship Belt Move

"When [my sons] were all little they were all into WWF, they were all wrestlers, so [the
‘Championship Belt’ move] it's kind of cute." (Darla Rodgers)

The Packers have long celebrated touchdowns at their home field with the “Lambeau
Leap,” in which a player leaps into the waiting arms of fans in the front-row seats of the
end zone.

Rodgers performs a celebration that has become known as “the championship belt.” He
uses his hands to pantomime wrapping a belt around his waist, from front to back.
According to his mother Darla, the boys started doing this move when they were quite
young, imitating the professional wrestlers they watched on TV.

For the Super Bowl, older brother Luke purchased a replica WWE Championship Belt and
sent it to the Packers locker room. During the on-field celebration immediately following
the game, the belt is visible draped over Rodgers’ shoulder.

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Recent News

As with other aspects of his personal life, Rodgers keeps a low profile on his romantic
liasions. That doesn’t stem the rumors of his dating celebrities such as Julie
Henderson, Hilary Scott, Erin Andrews, Jessica Szohr, Stacy Keibler, and Mila Kunis.
Another reported companion is Destiny Newton, whom he has known since childhood.

Rumors aside, the still-eligible bachelor purchased a “bachelor pad” in Del Mar,
California, just north of San Diego. He lives there with older brother, Luke.

“Thanks to all our packer fans that voted for and against me in the madden voting!
Happy Wednesday! #Curseavoided #go bucks.” (@AaronRodgers12, April 18, 2012).
The tweet refers to the video game Madden NFL; the player who gets voted onto the
cover of the game box gets “cursed” with an injury or declines in performance.

State Farm Insurance featured an invisible belt move in their commercials, calling it,
“The Discount Double Check.” In the ads, a bewildered Rogers’ tries to convince
skeptical customers he invented “The Championship Belt” as a football celebration
and not a dance move.

Aaron Rodgers is featured in commercials for the Milwaukee Brewers: Commercial
#1: 3-Step Drop, Commercial #2: Glare.

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Attributed Quotes

"I dreamt about being the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. I used to draw little
plays on note cards and dream I was Joe Montana throwing passes in the backyard
with dad."

"Growing up, my dad told us that drinking in college kind of prevented him from
becoming the player he wanted to be. That kind of scared me into not doing any of
that stuff.”

"I've kind of been the underdog story my entire career, passed over out of high
school, passed over at junior college, didn't start my first four games at Cal and that
stuff just makes me work that much harder. And then going No. 24 in the draft when I
think I'm a top-five value pick just makes me have that much bigger of a chip on my
shoulder and that much more to prove.”

"You've got to be humble enough to take the blame when you lose, and humble
enough to dish out the credit after a victory."

“If he were to be tested, Aaron probably has a photographic memory. Nine out of 10
of us are concrete learners. We have to learn motor movements by doing them over
and over. Aaron could visualize what we wanted. You never had to doodle it up for
him.” (Ron Souza, Offensive Coordinator, Pleasant Valley High School)

"Everyone has always underestimated his intelligence. I'd be screaming, 'I got the
wrong play,' and he'd say, 'Don't worry, I know what you meant.'" (Craig Rigsbee,
Football Coach, Butte College)

". . .Aaron has a commanding presence about him. Whatever it is that special athletes
have, he has it. Obviously, he's skilled, but his greatest strength is the intangibles. He
doesn't ruffle." (Russ Critchfield, Basketball Coach, Butte College)

“You kinda joke with the guys in the green room, on the bus over, like, ‘Hey, who’s
going to be the last one in there?’ . . . Well, it’s not that funny when it’s you.”
(Rodgers, reflecting on his memories of NFL Draft Day)

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“Best thing that could have happened to you.” (Text message from Craig
Rigsbee after Rodgers was selected by the Green Bay Packers.)

“Anytime he opened his mouth in meetings to talk to a receiver I listened. I wrote it
down. I have journals from the first three years, . . . Notes from computers I’ve
printed out. I have them stashed in my filing cabinet.” (Rodgers describing how he
studied Favre)

"It was ugly. I can remember this one lady saying, 'I'm a Favre fan. I don't dislike
Aaron. I just don't like the fact that he's our quarterback.'" (Packers teammate Greg
Jennings describing how fans resented Rodgers)

"We've seen him go through a pretty unique situation. We saw how well he handled it,
how he never lashed out. . . . I think he's the poster child on how to handle a tough
situation." (Packers teammate A.J. Hawk, talking about how Rodgers handles
pressure)

"A lot of the rookies called me 'Sir.' "I said, 'Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!' I was talking to my
mom later that night and told her, 'I feel like I'm one of the older guys now. And I'm
only 27.'" (Rodgers describing how he was greeted the first day of summer camp
following his Super Bowl win)

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Trivia/Facts

Friends call him “A-Rod.”

The Wisconsin State Assembly have officially declared the date 12/12/12 to be “Aaron
Rodgers Day.”

The Pittman grandparents missed his college and professional games because they
don’t fly. For Super Bowl XLV they made an exception and drove from Ukiah,
California to Dallas, Texas.

A modern-athlete rarity, Rodgers has zero tattoos.

He has a Twitter account but no website (yet?).

Fellow Chico resident Mike Sherrard knows Rodgers’ pain all too well. High school wide
receiver Sherrard was passed over by college coaches, so he enrolled at UCLA on his
academic record. Once there, he requested a tryout and joined the team. A first-
round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys, Sherrard played in the NFL for 11 years.

Something in the water? Ed is 6’ 3”; Darla, 5’ 10”; Luke, 6’ 5”; Aaron, 6’ 2”; Jordan, 6’
1”.

A study published in the journal Human Performance concludes physical testing such
as the NFL combine is not a reliable predictor of actual performance.

In a national poll, Rodgers (89%) had a higher approval rating than Mother Teresa
(83%) and just barely lower than Jesus (90%).

Rodgers was one of four quarterbacks targeted by New Orleans Saints defensive
coordinator Gregg Williams with a “bounty” on his head; the value of the payout was
determined by how seriously Rodgers was injured.

Rodgers is friends with Milwaukee Brewers infielder Ryan Braun and publicly supported
Braun’s innocence when he allegedly failed his mandatory drug test.

Rodgers started his own music label, Suspended Sunrise Recordings, with business

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partner Ryan Zachary.

In January 2012, Rodgers joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

He has 20-15 vision and almost perfect recall.

He likes to play chess, "Jeopardy," and crossword puzzles.

He can calculate percentages instantly; growing up he liked to play Strat-o-Matic, a
baseball statistics game.

Rodgers scored 35/50 on the Wonderlic exam used to assess the cognitive skills of NFL
draftees. Other quarterback scores: Ryan Fitzpatrick – 50, Drew Bledsoe – 37; Steve
Young – 33; John Elway – 30.

Every year, Rodgers lends his presence to “Evening with Aaron Rodgers,” a fundraiser
for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC).

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Conclusion

“We're blessed. We're playing with a guy who's going to Canton if he keeps this up.”
(James Jones)

Rodgers has clearly demonstrated he is one of the most gifted athletes to ever grace the
gridiron. Whether you attribute his success to physical skills, mental toughness, backing
up Brett Favre, or the dumb luck of being drafted by the Packers, there’s no denying his
tremendous potential.

We should be cautious when imagining the new game, season, and career records
Rodgers will be setting over the years. Athletic careers are more susceptible to
serendipity than they are graced with inevitability. More than perhaps any other sport,
the modern game of football is a brutal way to make a living. The tenure for the average
NFL player is 3.5 years. In 2010, 352 players ended up on the injured reserve list.

Still, Rodgers has lasted seven years, four as a starter, so he’s already ahead of the
curve. And proving the naysayers wrong is Rodgers’ bread and butter. He kept his cool
during Brett Favre’s two-year long retirement roller-coaster ride and is well on his way to
creating his own NFL legacy. He’s answered to critics questioning the strength of his arm,
mobility of his feet, susceptibility to concussions, ability to win close games, and more.
Besides, it’s fun being a Rodgers fan. Who doesn’t love the come-from-behind victory by
the out-of-nowhere competitor?

And here are three more reasons to root for the Chico Kid. No tats. No bling. No
showboating. Rodgers is straight-up guy who believes a thoughtful gesture speaks louder
than flashy boasting. He’s the kind of athlete your kids will imitate because of his NFL
status, and he’s the kind of role model you hope they’ll emulate because of his character.

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V.

Interesting Resources
and Readings

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Sources

The Anderson Valley Advertiser Online, Super Bowl Thoughts From a Couch Potato

Athletes in Action, Aaron Rodgers: Leader of the Pack

Beyond the Ultimate, Aaron Rodgers

Bloomberg Businessweek, The Average NFL Player

Butte College, Butte Football Records

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, Aaron Rodgers

California Golden Bear Football News, Sacramento Bee: Meet Aaron Rodgers, the guy
nobody wanted

California Golden Bears, (8) Aaron Rodgers

Ibid., Arrington, Rodgers and Riddle Named Team MVPs

Ibid., Bears Fall In Final Minutes To Utah 31-24

Ibid., Bears Turned Away by USC

Ibid., Cal Named National Team of the Week

Ibid., CALIFORNIA 34, No. 3 USC 31, 3OT

Ibid., California Signs 28 Football Players To National Letters-Of-Intent

Ibid., Giesel, McGrath Lead Pac-10 All-Academic Selections

Ibid., Golden Bears Hold Off Illinois

Ibid., No. 4 Cal Upset By Texas Tech In Holiday Bowl, 45-31

CBSsports.com, California Golden Bears: Records

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Ibid., History of Cal Football, Year-by-Year

ChicoER.com, Cal's new QB Rodgers draws rave reviews

Ibid., South to feature hybrid offense in Lions game

Ibid., Three Roadrunners named to all-state team

Ibid., Vikings reach semifinals

CollegeFootballPoll.com, 2004 Bowl Championship Series Standings

Commission on Athletics Online, 2002 All-California Community College Football Team

dallasnews.com, Patience, perseverance key for Packers passer Aaron Rodgers

Draft Insiders' Digest, NFL Draft – QB Aaron Rodgers '05 Scouting Report

ESPN, Aaron Rodgers writes his own legend

Ibid., Doubt Aaron Rodgers at your own risk

Ibid., Montana was comeback king

ESPN: Chicago, Rodgers makes good on restaurant's slight

ESPN: College Football, Hokies' late rally falls short

ESPN: NFL, Packers gaining confidence in Rodgers' strong arm

Ibid., Aaron Rodgers named Super Bowl MVP

Ibid., AFC West Blog: Aaron Rodgers is Chico's Man

Ibid., GameHQ: Aaron Rodgers throws for 4 TDs, 404 yards as Giants cede NFC East
to Eagles

Ibid., GameHQ: Aaron Rodgers tosses 3 TD passes as Packers drop Steelers to win
Super Bowl XLV

Ibid., GameHQ: Boller outplays Favre in Ravens' rout of Packers

Ibid., GameHQ: Cowboys hold off Favre-less Packers to clinch playoff berth

Ibid., GameHQ: Eli Manning brilliant as Giants oust top-seeded Packers to book spot in

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title game

Ibid., GameHQ: Favre tops 60,000 career yards as Pack rough up Peterson

Ibid., GameHQ: Favre's last stand? QB fuels Pack rout of No. 1 Bears

Ibid., GameHQ: McNabb, Eagles send Green Bay, Favre packing

Ibid., GameHQ: Packers rout Saints but lose Davenport for season

Ibid., GameHQ: Patriots knock out Favre, right ship with win vs. Pack

Ibid., GameHQ: Rodgers to Jennings caps Packers' rally over Bears

Ibid., GameHQ: Romeo Crennel, Kyle Orton help Chiefs end Packers' push for
perfection

Ibid., Green Bay Packers Schedule – 2009

Ibid., NFL Lockout

Ibid., Packers' Rodgers: 'I'm going to do it my way'

Ibid., Packers' Sherman loses job after first losing season

Ibid., Rodgers puts positive spin on humbling day

ESPN: Wisconsin, NFL confirms Rodgers was targeted by Saints

Green Bay Packers, 2011 Media Guide

Ibid., Aaron Rodgers: Career Stats

Ibid., Blog: Rodgers says he'll play in Pro Bowl

Ibid., Blog: Rodgers wins NFL 101 Award

Ibid., Packers Celebrate With Fans at Lambeau Field

Ibid., Packers Hall of Fame Inc. names Rodgers 'MVP,' Cobb 'Rookie of the Year'

Ibid., QB Aaron Rodgers Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week (13)

Ibid., QB Aaron Rodgers Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week (16)

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Ibid., Rodgers' monthly award streak hits four

Ibid., Rodgers named 'NFC Offensive Player of the Month'

Ibid., Rodgers wins sixth Air NFL Player of Week award

The Huffington Post, 2005 NFL Draft First Round: From Alex Smith to Logan Mankins,
GMs Got It Wrong

Human Performance, On the Predictive Efficiency of Past Performance and Physical
Ability: The Case of the National Football League

JCfootball.com, 2002 All-California Football Team

Ibid., 2002 All-NorCal Football Conference

JSonline, Competitiveness pushes Aaron Rodgers to the top'' who hated to lose

Ibid., Contracts: Rodgers vs. Romo

Ibid., Does Rodgers have what it takes to lift Packers in big games?

Ibid., The education of Aaron Rodgers

krcrtv.com, Aaron Rodgers Mentors Off The Field

Ibid., Aaron Rodgers' Parents Demonstrate His Famous 'Championship Belt'

Larry Brown Sports, Aaron Rodgers and Destiny Newton Hit the Beach in Hawaii

Leader of the Pack

Lions All Star Football Nor-Cal, Game Archives (1978-2009)

Lompoc Record, Son of a Brave makes good

m.packers.com, QB Aaron Rodgers #12

Madison.com, Packers Insiders blog: Rodgers is only Packer on Pro Football Weekly
all-NFL team

Ibid., Packers Insiders blog: Rodgers named to ESPN 'Any Era' team

Ibid., Packers: Rodgers recognized for near-perfection with MVP

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Ibid., Packers' Rodgers beats Roethlisberger ' in sponsors

Ibid., Plain Talk: Poll finds Packers QB is king of Wisconsin

Ibid., Aaron Rodgers is AP's Male Athlete of Year

Ibid., Packers: Rodgers lands first All-Pro honor

Ibid., Rodgers clearly among NFL's elite quarterbacks

Ibid., Top gun: Packers' Rodgers stands alone

Ibid., Packers: Rodgers' brother is his biggest fan

Milwaukee Brewers, 3-Step Drop

Ibid., Glare

National Football Post, The real story behind Rodgers and his WWE belt

NBCsports, Aaron Rodgers on Tim Tebow religion controversy

NewspaperArchive.com, Ukiah Daily Journal, January 3, 1993

The New York Times, Bill Walsh, Innovator of West Coast Offense, Dies at 75

Ibid., Packers' New Leader Works on Developing a Following His Way

Ibid., The Education of a Quarterback

Ibid., The Fifth Down: Aaron Rodgers' Very Long Draft Day

Ibid., Trying to Move On Without Knowing Next Move

The News Tribune, No overlooking Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers now

NFL Passers, Aaron Rodgers

NFL.com, Brett Favre: Career Stats

Ibid., FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year winners

Ibid., FedEx Air & Ground winners

Ibid., Packer Fans Celebrate Super Bowl Win

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Ibid., Packers QB Rodgers' status unclear after second concussion

Ibid., Wisconsin Assembly all for Aaron Rodgers Day

OregonLive.com, Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has strong
ties to Oregon

Packer Report, Rodgers' contract numbers

Phil Steele's College Football, Which Team Was the Best in Pac-10 History?

philly.com, Maxwell winners

Pro Football Hall of Fame, Joe Montana

Ibid., Steve Young

Pro-Football-Reference.com, 2008 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards

Ibid., 2009 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards

Ibid., 2010 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards

Ibid., 2011 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards

Ibid., Brett Favre

Ibid., Mike Sherrard

Ibid., NFL Career Approximate Value (Weighted) Leaders

Ibid., NFL Career Passer Rating Leaders

RacineSportsZone.com, Focus on Football: Rodgers preparing for his moment

Ibid., Packers Camp: Rodgers feeling the love from fans'

SeattlePI.com, Pac-10 can hoist trophy as the best

SFGate.com, Cal Golden Bears: Tedford provides Bears chance for optimism

Ibid., Cal's Holmoe on Thin Ice As Bears' Problems Mount

Ibid., Cal's QB hope

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Ibid., Profile: Aaron Rodgers, Cal Quarterback

SI Vault, All For One, One For All

Ibid., Dr. Z's: Pick Of The Week

Ibid., Green and Golden

Ibid., Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood

Ibid., One Extreme To The Other

Ibid., Second Thoughts

Ibid., Unforgettable

Ibid., Welcome to the Club

SI.com, Packers in good position to buck trend of failed Super Bowl repeats

Ibid., Rodgers wins MVP by landslide

Ibid., 2005 NFL Draft: Aaron Rodgers

Sporting News, Aaron Rodgers ready to step into Favre's big shoes

Ibid., Favre to return for 17th season

Ibid., NFL lockout ends as owners, player reps agree to 10-year CBA

Ibid., Packers outlook: Super Bowl champs could also be most improved

Ibid., Packers QB Aaron Rodgers can become so good, it's ridiculous

Sports Illustrated: NCAA Football, SI.com's 2004 All-America Team

Sports Philanthropy Association, Blog: Aaron Rodgers lends support to MACC Fund

Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Meet Fraters Aaron Rodgers & Graham Harrell

Today's TMJ4, Aaron Rodgers on Thanksgiving: 'My favorite dish is definitely pumpkin
pie'

Ibid., Aaron Rodgers takes questions about the Civil War and Santa in 'Ask Aaron'

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Ibid., Ask Aaron: Aaron Rodgers' official website

TotalPackers.com, Aaron Rodgers Told You So!

Twitter, @AaronRodgers12

USA Today, Green Bay fans torn apart by Packers-Favre civil war

Ibid., Packers QB Aaron Rodgers adjusting to spotlight

Ibid., Timeline: Brett Favre's retirement drama since 2006

U-T San Diego, Aaron Rodgers | California

Vanderbilt Commodores, (11) Jordan Rodgers

The Wall Street Journal, College Football's Bad News Bears

WalterFootball.com, Wonderlic Sample Test

The Washington Times, Pack can't win close games despite Rodgers rallies

Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, Green Bay QB Rodgers Visits All-Pro Campers at W&M

Yahoo! Sports, Aaron Rodgers wanted to play in San Francisco all along

Ibid., Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson Should Be Applauded for Aggressiveness
in the 2012 NFL Draft: Fan's Take

Ibid., Prayer Defeats Madden Curse? Aaron Rodgers Loses to Calvin Johnson in the
Madden NFL 2013 Cover Vote Semifinals: Fan's Take

Ibid., Rodgers rarin' to go for Packers

YouTube, Aaron Rodgers – Butte College Outstanding Alumnus

Ibid., America's Game: Rodgers draft day memories

Ibid., Corning -vs- PV 2001

Ibid., E:60 – Aaron Rodgers

Ibid., Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in QB Competition

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Ibid., State Farm' – State Of Imitation (Aaron Rodgers)

Ibid., State Farm' – State Of Imitation 2 (Raji)

Ibid., State Farm' – State Of Imitation 3 (Matthews)

Ibid., VIZIO Profiles – Aaron Rodgers (part 1)

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Further Reading

CBSsports.com, Aaron Rodgers knows how to rock a 'stache

Ibid., ESPN, NFL Network tweak draft coverage; won't show draftees in Green Room—
it's about time.

Chico Enterprise-Record —local paper has covered their hometown hero since
childhood.

Ibid., Aaron Rodgers Over the Years (timeline).

ESPN: NFL, Tales from the war room—a look NFL Draft Day from the Packers point of
view.

JSonline.com, Rodgers has gaudy numbers, learned leadership at Butte—an excerpt
from Rob Reischel’s biography, “Leader of the Pack.”

krcrtv.com, Ed Rodgers Super Bowl Update

Sports Illustrated, 2005 NFL Combine (photo gallery)

Today's TMJ4, Ask Aaron—submit videotaped questions.

YouTube, Aaron Rodgers – Butte College Outstanding Alumnus

Ibid., Aaron Rodgers Championship Belt Special on ESPN

Ibid., Aaron Rodgers thanks the 49ers for drafting him

Ibid., Brett Favre, MVP at 50

Ibid., VIZIO Profiles: Aaron Rodgers (part 2)

Ibid., VIZIO Profiles: Aaron Rodgers (part 3)

Ibid., VIZIO Profiles: Aaron Rodgers (part 4)

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