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Rodgers says new helmet helped him avoid concussion

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So how did Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers avoid absorbing his third concussion this year after being “blown up” (as FOX’s Troy Aikman put it) by Bears defensive end Julius Peppers?

Rodgers attributes his ability to knocked be knocked out and/or knocked out of the game to his new helmet.

“That was lucky,” Rodgers told Peter King of Sports Illustrated.  “As much as the new helmet feels uncomfortable and I’m still getting used to it, I’m really happy I was wearing it on that hit. . . .

“It hurt, I can tell you that.  He hit me pretty good.  I know what a concussion feels like.  I’m just grateful this wasn’t hard enough to give me another one.”

That said, the Packers by all appearances didn’t check Rodgers for a concussion, and Rodgers did nothing to suggest to anyone that he possibly had one.  And, as we explained earlier today, we don’t blame him one bit for it.

It’s one thing to think about long-term (and short-term) health in the regular season.  But if Rodgers would have told King or anyone else that, even with the new helmet, Rodgers is having headaches and is feeling dizzy, Rodgers would be jeopardizing what could be his only shot at ever playing in a Super Bowl.

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  1. pftmz says: Jan 25, 2011 4:13 PM

    … or he could be telling the truth.

  2. stavreafavre says: Jan 25, 2011 4:16 PM

    So… the new helmet has a padded chinstrap or something?

  3. clayswife says: Jan 25, 2011 4:17 PM

    oh lord.. can we quit already? the kids fine.

  4. arnoldziffel says: Jan 25, 2011 4:22 PM

    At that point in the contest, I don’t think there is any question about it … Peppers was looking to knock Rodgers out of the game with a direct shot to the head.

    The Bears were behind the entire day … their offense had not been effective – Cutler was out for the day … the second string quarterback was out with a shoulder injury … and they were down to their 3rd string quarterback.

    What better way to even the playing field a little by knocking Rodgers out of the game and forcing Green Bay to go to their second stringer?

    A deliberate hit the head would draw a 15 yard penalty, but if it eliminated Rodgers from the game – it would have been worth it to the Bears.

  5. bordner says: Jan 25, 2011 4:23 PM

    “…his ability to knocked be knocked out and/or knocked out…”?
    ———————————————
    Sounds like the work of a concussion right there.

  6. manonthemoon4 says: Jan 25, 2011 4:23 PM

    Rodgers brain looks like snooki

  7. stinkfingers says: Jan 25, 2011 4:24 PM

    Good thing he avoided that concussion. The Packers wouldn’t let him be in the teams Super Bowl photo.

  8. cityofchampyinz says: Jan 25, 2011 4:27 PM

    You’re gonna need more than a new helmet against Harrison.

  9. packmanfan says: Jan 25, 2011 4:29 PM

    No mention of Favre?
    Your slipping.

  10. buckybadger says: Jan 25, 2011 4:29 PM

    Why doesn’t everyone wear these new helmets? I have posted this before but I do not take the players seriously until they start wearing and using all the equipment available to prevent injuries.

    Too many people have helmets that come off far too easy, don’t use mouth guards or a better chin strap [Rodgers]. All this talk of player safety but no one will use the equipment to protect them.

  11. armchairgm9 says: Jan 25, 2011 4:31 PM

    If this helmet is better at helping prevent concussions, and the NFL really wants to reduce the amount of concussions, why isn’t this helmet the standard in the NFL?

  12. tramonwilliams38 says: Jan 25, 2011 4:33 PM

    Aaron Rodgers will throw for more yards then big benny boy in the superbowl!!!!! thumbs up to this!!!

  13. hobartbaker says: Jan 25, 2011 4:36 PM

    The new helmet is size 12 1/4 to fit A. Rudejerk’s new head size.

  14. pkrjones says: Jan 25, 2011 4:38 PM

    “Rodgers would be jeopardizing what could be his only shot at ever playing in a Super Bowl.”

    Do you really believe the crap you write? Rodgers is 27, plays on the (or one of the) youngest teams in the NFL for 4 years running and is inarguably one of the top 5 QB’s in the game. What makes you think this may be his only shot at a SB?

    Arnoldziffel – Completely agree… Peppers went for the “kill shot” on Rodgers to put him out. A 15 yd. penalty and a $50K fine… peanuts to him, and it would have definitely increased the chances of the Bears winning. Flagrant personal fouls should mean ejection in the playoffs to eliminate this behavior.

  15. nflnfl13 says: Jan 25, 2011 4:41 PM

    I was taught no question is a dumb question so can
    Peppers or any other player wear that helmet also? If so that to me would be counter productive and lead a player to use his head as a weapon.

  16. packfannchitown says: Jan 25, 2011 4:42 PM

    So Rodgers possibly played through a concussion and Cutler got benched due to a sore vagina…

    I can see why one team is going to the SB and the other team is at home on the couch!

  17. rushmatic says: Jan 25, 2011 4:46 PM

    manonthemoon4 says:

    Rodgers brain looks like snooki
    _____________

    What idiot would vote this down? Even if you’re a Packers fan, that’s funny.

  18. acmepacker says: Jan 25, 2011 4:52 PM

    hobartbaker says:
    Jan 25, 2011 4:36 PM
    The new helmet is size 12 1/4 to fit A. Rudejerk’s new head size.

    ———-
    That would be Mr. Rudejerk to you.

  19. huskerguy says: Jan 25, 2011 4:54 PM

    And now you are a doctor. Nice… Just like the girls in HS starting s@&$.

  20. claymath52 says: Jan 25, 2011 4:59 PM

    “Packers by all appearances didn’t check Rodgers for a concussion.”

    Ugh here we go. Maybe they should check on every tackle. What determines when a concussion test needs to be done?

  21. unclecaptainshane says: Jan 25, 2011 5:00 PM

    Jay Quitler should of had one of those helmets on his knee

  22. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jan 25, 2011 5:05 PM

    “Rodgers is 27, plays on the (or one of the) youngest teams in the NFL for 4 years running and is inarguably one of the top 5 QB’s in the game. What makes you think this may be his only shot at a SB?”

    I remember back in ’96 thinking that Favre is only 27, the Packers will win two to three more Super Bowls before he retires. Obviously, they just got the one. Should Rodgers and the Pack win, I’m going to appreciate this much more than I did back then. Should they win more then just this one, that would just be awesome.

  23. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 25, 2011 5:05 PM

    Aaron Rodgers just might throw for more yards than Big Benny Boy. But, that doesn’t mean the Packers will beat the Steelers.
    Thumbs up to this!

  24. buckybadger says: Jan 25, 2011 5:10 PM

    pkrjones, Ask Dolphin fans if they thought Marino was going to get another Super Bowl try after Super Bowl IXX. Everyone would have said he was going to get another shot too.

    I agree the Packers are looking to contenders for the next 4 or 5 years but that doesn’t mean they will make it. You never know what will happen.

  25. kibawib says: Jan 25, 2011 5:11 PM

    The NFC was a joke this year and despite what I anticipate will be the team’s best effort, the Pack will fall on Super Bowl Sunday. Any of the final four AFC playoff teams would crush the best the NFC has to offer. The AFC is simply the better conference and has won 7 of the last 11 Super Bowls. Limping by a flawed Bears team that played its 2nd and 3rd-string QBs in the second half and having to turn back a 4th down play near the Packers end zone late in the 4th quarter by the 3rd-string QB to preserve the win doesn’t instill much confidence.

  26. wipastor says: Jan 25, 2011 5:15 PM

    Good thing he avoided that concussion. The Packers wouldn’t let him be in the teams Super Bowl photo

    Good one!

  27. toad8572 says: Jan 25, 2011 5:17 PM

    “If this helmet is better at helping prevent concussions, and the NFL really wants to reduce the amount of concussions, why isn’t this helmet the standard in the NFL?”

    A number of helmets are approved to wear, and there are a few newer designs that have been shown to offer better concussion protection. Schutt ION 4D, Riddell Revolution IQ and the newly released Xenith (I’m guessing that’s the one Rogers wore since it’s less comfortable).

    They’re grown men who get to choose their protection, wherever it’s worn (so far!).

  28. rugdog100 says: Jan 25, 2011 5:22 PM

    Same Packer fans that ripped Viking fans last year after the Saints repeatedly cheap-shotted Favre. Vike fans were “whiners” – now I guess you know how it feels… enjoy.

  29. hooterdawg says: Jan 25, 2011 5:30 PM

    It would be an infamous nod to stupidity to be the only player ever ejected from a league championship game.

  30. stinkfingers says: Jan 25, 2011 5:33 PM

    pkrjones says:
    Jan 25, 2011 4:38 PM
    “Rodgers would be jeopardizing what could be his only shot at ever playing in a Super Bowl.”

    Do you really believe the crap you write? Rodgers is 27, plays on the (or one of the) youngest teams in the NFL for 4 years running and is inarguably one of the top 5 QB’s in the game. What makes you think this may be his only shot at a SB?

    ===

    Marino was in virtually the same situation his rookie season… It’s tough to get to the Super Bowl, no matter how good you are.

  31. jc1958coo says: Jan 25, 2011 5:35 PM

    everyone needs more than a helmet with harrison!! cheapest of the steeler turds! wait till quinn johson flattens his @ss with a legal one!!!

  32. vtboarder says: Jan 25, 2011 5:41 PM

    I thought Ache-man said that Rogers had been “blown,” not “blown-up.”

    Chicks with cancer will do most anything…

  33. mike83ri says: Jan 25, 2011 5:42 PM

    Are we seriously living in a world of Football where every single time a player gets hit in the helmet, we jump to the verdict that he must be tested for a concussion immediately, or the team is trying to hide something?

  34. getsome636 says: Jan 25, 2011 5:56 PM

    kibawib—-The packers shut the Jets out in the meadowlands, the falcons beat the ravens, the packers almost beat the patriots in NE with a backup qb. Saints beat the Steelers. I am having trouble seeing how the AFC is dominant?????

  35. Manbearpig says: Jan 25, 2011 5:56 PM

    Hopefully it can prevent him from drop kicking the ball to a Steeler for a game-winning interception for a touchdown. My guess would be no.

  36. claymath52 says: Jan 25, 2011 5:58 PM

    rugdog100 says:
    Jan 25, 2011 5:22 PM
    Same Packer fans that ripped Viking fans last year after the Saints repeatedly cheap-shotted Favre. Vike fans were “whiners” – now I guess you know how it feels… enjoy.

    ____________________________________________________________________

    What did you say? All I heard was WHHHAAAAAaaaaaaaaAAAAhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. steelersmichele says: Jan 25, 2011 6:01 PM

    The new helmet may have prevented a concussion, but it still hasn’t convinced Goodell to make them manditory… so much for player safety.

  38. scytherius says: Jan 25, 2011 6:30 PM

    Yeah I thought he had a bit of a concussion after that hit and popped up to cover it up so they wouldn’t take him out.

  39. newreality1 says: Jan 25, 2011 6:44 PM

    Speaking of helmets, they better drill a few more ear holes for big ben so it will be easier to look out of. Big r, the the defensive furrie from up nort is coming. gooooooooooooooo packkkkkkkkkk here come the commentssss ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  40. ligat52 says: Jan 25, 2011 7:50 PM

    So let me get this straight: Yesterday Cutler was lying about being injured and today Rodgers is lying about NOT being injured?

    Really?

    Rodgers looked just fine after the game. He said the helmet kept him from being concussed. He’s been concussed before and he knows what it feels like. I’m pretty sure the team doctors know what it looks like. If he says he didn’t have his brains scrambled then he didn’t have his brains scrambled!

  41. rockyburnette says: Jan 25, 2011 8:01 PM

    Did some checking around, he was wearing a Schutt Air XP with special fit TPU jaw pads.

  42. juancorsair says: Jan 25, 2011 8:19 PM

    rugdog100 says:

    Same Packer fans that ripped Viking fans last year after the Saints repeatedly cheap-shotted Favre. Vike fans were “whiners” – now I guess you know how it feels… enjoy.

    Two things:

    1. Unlike the Cry-Queens, the Packers won the NFC Championship.

    2. You were still whining about the loss well into May (and beyond), despite the fact that it was the Queens’ abysmal performance on offense and not a “cheap shot” by the Saints that cost you the game in the first place.

    However, don’t let these two facts interfere with your self pity-party as you lament for lost Lombardis past. It’s not like your excuses have ever been grounded in reality to begin with. Carry on….

  43. commandercornpone says: Jan 25, 2011 8:54 PM

    he has been hot as hell since returning to the starting lineup. he could throw for more yards and still lose, that happens frequently. but i suspect it wont, this time.

    the pack knows the 3-4 well, so i suspect they will have a few surprises for lebeau too.

  44. andyprough says: Jan 25, 2011 9:34 PM

    “But if Rodgers would have told King or anyone else that, even with the new helmet, Rodgers is having headaches and is feeling dizzy, Rodgers would be jeopardizing what could be his only shot at ever playing in a Super Bowl.”

    ===================

    He’ll have plenty of headaches and dizziness in a couple weeks when he meets Mr. Harrison and Mr. Woodley

  45. gmsingh says: Jan 27, 2011 7:35 AM

    Cutler got taken out of the game because he was injured and Rodgers got left in the game because the Packers wouldn’t admit the truth. Shouldn’t the NFL be watchdogging a situation like this?

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