“Where the HELL is Aaron Rodgers?!”
It made (and still makes) absolutely no sense to me. He was number two in fan voting amongst NFC quarterbacks and instead was named a first alternate.
Taking the fan voting into consideration, there is only one way Rodgers missed out on the original roster: the other players and coaches on other teams didn’t think he was worthy enough to participate in the game unless one of the three selected either gets hurt, plays in Super Bowl XLV the following weeks, or just decides not to go but who does that? Oh yeah, sorry Brett.
In other words: Rodgers got snubbed. By his own peers.
Upon thinking about it that way, I smiled. Rodgers is at his best when he has a chip on his shoulder. When fans were skeptical of him after the Favre trade in 2008, he played very well despite a poor defense and a 6-10 record. When skeptics and supposed “analysts” doubted his athleticism coming out of college, Rodgers worked to become one of the most agile quarterbacks outside the pocket. When others said he wouldn’t beat his predecessor, Rodgers dominated him statistically this season.
So when I saw that Rodgers had been snubbed from the Pro Bowl, all I could think was, “God help the Chicago Bears.”
Even though he is by all definitions a team player and puts the team above his own individual stats, Rodgers must be steamed about this one. Here he is playing on an offense playing most of the season without its starting running back, starting tight end who is one of the biggest weapons in the league, and starting right tackle. Until the past two weeks he has had no running game to support him and has had to carry the entire team on his right arm.
Ever since the Favregate drama of 2008 unfold, Rodgers has carried himself with class and dignity on and off the field and handled taking over the starting job brilliantly under the most adverse of circumstances. He’s made it a point to try and earn the respect of not only his teammates and coaches, but of his peers around the league.