This should be one of the hardest things I have to write, that the Athlete of the Week is none other than the quarterback of the reigning SuperBowl champs Aaron Rodgers, bud oddly enough, it’s not that difficult. That’s probably because the guy is just so…well…likable. Rodgers is one of the few prominent athletes in sports that is actually how he portrays himself to be, an honest respectful quality guy who just happens to have one of the best arms in the league.
This guy is just so darn humble that you expect him to be sporting a halo, surrounded by a gentle glow and followed by a gospel choir. Even after delivering one of the most clutch performances ever seen in the SuperBowl and walking away with the game’s MVP trophy, he takes time out to thank the most instrumental part of any successful franchise…the fan.
"I love our fans.” Rodgers said. “Our fans are so supportive. It’s been incredible to end four playoff games with ‘Go Pack Go.’ It’s great at home, they travel well, it’s on a first-name basis. It’s a special play to play and all of us are blessed to play in Green Bay, and hopefully we will be repaying those fans with the (Lombardi) trophy."
At age 27, the precise age that the legendary Brett Favre delivered his SuperBowl to Green Bay in 1997, Rodgers has a bright future ahead of him. I guess you could say it’s even brighter thanks to Favre who, in his uncertain dotage years, just couldn’t walk away from the game, keeping Rodgers on the bench for the first few years of his NFL career.
“I was the guy who took all the reps during the offseason,” Rodgers said in response to a question on the Letterman Show “and Brett was the guy who took all the reps during the season.”
For the record, the performance that won Rodger the prestigious honor of being our Athlete of the Week was his 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday night to lead the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
During the Letterman interview this week, Rodgers was asked what his greatest assets were when it came to playing football and his answer sums up best why he’s a winner now and will continue to be a winner.
Rodgers replied, "I think my confidence, which comes directly from my preparation. You know I put the time in, I watch film, I study our game plan, and I practice hard. So when I go into a game, I expect to play well."
Two TD passes Sunday to Greg Jennings, another to Jordy Nelson can attest to that.