On Tuesday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gave his season-ending press conference.
I snagged a few highlights from it with some of my own commentary. For a complete transcript or recap, check out any of the major Packers news sites shortly.
“I am settling in, slowly, to the unfortunate offseason.” – Rodgers has said that you earn your pay during the regular season and carve out your legacy in the postseason. Despite having a Super Bowl win and MVP under his belt (no pun intended), Rodgers knows that continued lackluster performances by the team in the postseason will create questions about his ability to help the Packers return to another.
(On quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo): “It was fun to see his personality come out a little more this year as we continued to become closer.” - as Jason Hirschhorn of Acme Packing Co remarked on twitter, this sure sounds like Rodgers expects McAdoo to land a job elsewhere. McAdoo is said to be interviewing for the Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy.
“My legacy as a teammate is helping out the young players.” – more “leadership speak” from Rodgers
(On liking the band Explosions in the Sky): “Amazing music.” – never heard of them
“Every time I see Randall, I can’t help but smile/think about Chicago game.” – Rodgers has remarked, on a few occasions, how the most important thing to him about his time in the NFL are the moments on the field with his teammates. This is one he won’t soon forget.
“This is one of my proudest years I’ve ever been part of. Proud to be a Green Bay Packer.” – most athletes like to think that their most recent work is their best. Rodgers missed half of this season so from that standpoint, it’s significant that he says this. He is likely proud of the team’s continued fight and ability to get a huge win to secure the North and earn another home playoff game.
“Collarbone is feeling good. I just had 2 games instead of 17 in a row to wear on me. This is going to be an important offseason for me.” Set “high expectations” for physical conditioning.” – Rodgers admitted that he had to work a bit harder last offseason to get into shape for 2013. Age will do that to anyone. The good news is that his collarbone should continue to heal and he leaves no concerns about his readiness for 2014.