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Aaron Rodgers: Want to be in the team picture? Stick with the team

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Aaron Rodgers has weighed in on the controversy over whether players on injured reserve belong in the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl team picture, noting that some of the players who complained when the team initially planned to keep them out didn’t stay involved with the team after they got hurt.

Rodgers was asked today what he makes of the story (which Packers coach Mike McCarthy called a “total overreaction“), and his answer was chronicled on Twitter by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

“I was on IR back in 2006,” Rodgers said. “I chose to stick around and finish out the season with my guys and be here every game. Some of those guys didn’t. And so, we love them, we care about them, we don’t wish injury on anybody, but this is a group of guys that’s really come together and has been great to work with. It’s been great to work with guys we brought in. Some of the guys who were injured, you know, they are still part of this team, but some of them didn’t choose to stick around.”

That’s not to say Rodgers doesn’t want the guys on injured reserve to be in the team picture — which they will be, after the Packers changed their minds and scheduled the team picture for Friday. Rodgers made a point of saying of his injured teammates, “They’re part of this team, first and foremost.” Rodgers then added, however, “But some guys choose to rehab in other places.”

As Wilde notes, Rodgers easily could have danced around the question, and the fact that he answered the way he did, with comments clearly directed at tight end Jermichael Finley and linebacker Nick Barnett, indicates that Rodgers felt someone on the team should speak up — and that he thinks most of his teammates feel the same way he does.

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49 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Want to be in the team picture? Stick with the team”
  1. jaggedmark says: Jan 29, 2011 4:22 PM

    A leader.

  2. seaner44 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:23 PM

    for once i agree with a packer

  3. shaggytoodle says: Jan 29, 2011 4:25 PM

    I think that sounds fair, I don’t recall seeing any of those guys on the sidelines during games and usually when you have stars injured (i.e. Ed Reed) the camera usually finds them at some point.

  4. benh999 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:25 PM

    Who cares? Players on IR get paid and get SB rings (except Terry Glenn). Do they really need to complain about not being included in one of many team pictures? Welcome to the National Feel-good League.

  5. jwil444 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:26 PM

    this is such a non story being perpetuated by a site obviously in the steelers corner………isn’t it about time for another rooney rule story?

  6. contract says: Jan 29, 2011 4:27 PM

    WTF is wrong with that team? This is no time for sniping and infighting.

  7. hedleykow says: Jan 29, 2011 4:28 PM

    Rodgers should be more concerned about Favre trying to horn his way into the picture.

  8. jc1958coo says: Jan 29, 2011 4:29 PM

    mark tausher has been on the sideline for every game, since IR!! probably won’t be back next year either, helps bulaga what a class act!! take note barnett you won’t either!

  9. deebo92 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:30 PM

    Diehard Stees fan who respects the hell out of Rodgers. Carries himself in a great manner.

  10. mick730 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:37 PM

    Exactly. Couldn’t agree more. Finley in particular, gets hurt in the 5th game and chooses, which is his right, to rehab someplace other than Green Bay. He’s not around during the week at practice watching, he’s not in Green Bay doing rehab, and he’s not on the sideline at home games supporting his team. Then, all of a sudden, the Packers are going to the Super Bowl and Finley claims he’s the one being “dissed” becaues he’s not going to be in the Super Bowl team picture.

    Cry me a river, Jermichael.

  11. SpartaChris says: Jan 29, 2011 4:38 PM

    Welp, guess we know what questions his media day segment is gonna be filled with.

  12. footballrulz says: Jan 29, 2011 4:39 PM

    I thought this issue had been settled.

  13. calloustongue says: Jan 29, 2011 4:40 PM

    Read between the lines.

    Bye Nick, thanks for the memories.

    Grow up Jermichael.

  14. discosucs2005 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:45 PM

    “But some guys choose to rehab in other places.”

    So they don’t deserve to be in the team picture?

  15. jamie54 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:47 PM

    Amen. Enough said.

  16. carson9 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:49 PM

    THis is news? Team photos, really???

  17. ryanw822 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:52 PM

    The Packers should sign Favre to a one day contract and let him get in this team photo too!!

  18. SpartaChris says: Jan 29, 2011 4:53 PM

    Exactly. Couldn’t agree more. Finley in particular, gets hurt in the 5th game and chooses, which is his right, to rehab someplace other than Green Bay. He’s not around during the week at practice watching, he’s not in Green Bay doing rehab, and he’s not on the sideline at home games supporting his team. Then, all of a sudden, the Packers are going to the Super Bowl and Finley claims he’s the one being “dissed” becaues he’s not going to be in the Super Bowl team picture.

    Cry me a river, Jermichael.
    =================================
    Well said. Finley could be trying to help Quarless and Crabtree get better, but instead has taken his self serving act home. And that’s fine, it’s his right, but don’t whine about a stupid picture. Especially publicly. Take it up with your captains and keep it in house.

    This BS is driving me nuts right now. These guys have one thing to focus on, which is winning the friggin game. Instead they’re having to worry about bent feelings from the “My mom doesn’t hug me enough” crowd.

  19. emac11 says: Jan 29, 2011 5:03 PM

    And now Nick Barnett had a meltdown and responded via Twitter. Great going Packers, way to find a huge distraction out of something so stupid before the Super Bowl.

  20. mataug says: Jan 29, 2011 5:10 PM

    And Mr Barnett chimes in: “Looks like people have something to say about where some people choose to do there rehab”

  21. stairwayto7 says: Jan 29, 2011 5:12 PM

    Turmoil in Packer camp a week before Super Bowl about a picture? Steelers in a blowout!!

  22. stanklepoot says: Jan 29, 2011 5:14 PM

    One problem with Rodgers’ statement: the team wasn’t letting the injured players travel and stay with the team in the period necessary to be in the picture. So, they didn’t have the option of being with the team when the pic was taken. Besides, you have to wonder what his opinion would have been had Peppers given him a 3rd concussion in the NFC Championship game. It’s hard to imagine that after a 3rd concussion the league would have let him play again this year. Had that been the case, then Rodgers wouldn’t have been in the picture either, and I can’t think of any player on the Packers who is more responsible for them being in the SB.

    Btw, some players (most notably team leaders who can advise the younger players) are encouraged to rehab with the team. The others are allowed (and players the team aren’t positive will be back next year are encouraged) to rehab elsewhere. Why? Because the team doesn’t want them in the way and using up their trainer resources that would otherwise be used to work on players who are hurt but not injured. I believe in team loyalty, but sticking by the organization and attacking the injured players (who, in this case, are the wronged party) is taking it a step too far and into the realm of blind loyalty.

  23. pervyharvin says: Jan 29, 2011 5:14 PM

    This sissy soap opera As the Packers Turn is quite comical. Instead of preparing for the Steelers they are worried about trivial garbage. Lombardi is weeping. Steelers are laughing.

  24. ndnut says: Jan 29, 2011 5:24 PM

    I’ll agree that Finley needs to grow up. But maybe Aaron Rodgers should’ve been the bigger man and not complained. It’s clear who these comments were directed at, so Aaron should grow up a little too.

  25. calloustongue says: Jan 29, 2011 5:26 PM

    Nick better get a boat and a paddle so he can float out of GB on his tears.

    Let it go Nick.

    This is why Packer fans won’t be sad to see you go. Pack up your samurai sword and go do that stupid dance after making a tackle 4 yards downfield somewhere else.

    Done.

  26. 4sacroc says: Jan 29, 2011 5:27 PM

    Good for Rodgers. He’s a leader.

    I recall in ’95 Sterling Sharpe dogged it on a catchable Favre bomb in the season opener and, still pissed about Favre’s new mega-contract signed earlier in the week, he bitched in the huddle about Favre being able to put the ball right in his hands for the money the Packers just committed to the QB.

    Favre looked at Sharpe in the huddle and said, ‘Catch the effing ball.’

    Barnett and Finley had nothing to do with Green Bay reaching the Super Bowl.

    And now they feel slighted. They’ve been cashing checks for 18 weeks and staying out of Green Bay.

    F those clowns.

  27. 4sacroc says: Jan 29, 2011 5:30 PM

    Nick Barnett will fetch a third or fourth-rounder in April.

    Go Ted, Go!

  28. footballrulz says: Jan 29, 2011 5:31 PM

    MM needs to set this team down and say any questions about the team pic will be answered as follows:

    “It’s a done deal. Next question”.

    The media will not let it go. Always looking for the controversy

  29. SpartaChris says: Jan 29, 2011 5:31 PM

    @stanklepoot-

    One thing you’re forgetting is this thing never should have gone public to begin with. It should have remained private from day one. Whiny Barnett and whiny Finley should have just gone to their respective captains and come to a resolution that way. Instead they took to twitter, and this happened.

    I do think Rodgers should have just let it go, but he was asked, “Aaron, do you feel for the IR guys, and I’m not talking about the photo thing, do you feel bad that they aren’t able to take part in this?” His response was to essentially say no. A lot of those guys chose to remove themselves from the team, rather than rehab locally.

    It’s also worth nothing Rodgers lobbied to get them in the photo. But as far as their missing out on all the Super Bowl stuff, I wouldn’t feel bad either.

  30. 4sacroc says: Jan 29, 2011 5:32 PM

    Finley complained the day he was hurt at Washington chasing down a Redskins player saying, ‘he ain’t paid to tackle.’

    World of talent.

    Nothin’ between the ears.

    Classic d-bag.

  31. 4sacroc says: Jan 29, 2011 5:33 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 29, 2011 5:14 PM

    This sissy soap opera As the Packers Turn is quite comical. Instead of preparing for the Steelers they are worried about trivial garbage. Lombardi is weeping. Steelers are laughing.

    ===========

    Go make yourself useful, d-bag.

    Start prepping for the Vikings draft.

    And the 4-12 season that awaits you clowns.

  32. rugdog100 says: Jan 29, 2011 5:37 PM

    Rodgers is an idiot and should learn to keep his mouth shut. Everytime he talks, he sounds like he just had another concussion put on him. Just stick to what you do best… ignoring cancer patients at the airport.

  33. longtymefan says: Jan 29, 2011 5:40 PM

    Didnt hear Grant and Tauch complain about not being in picture..

    OO wait…

    They were with the team on sidelines and with them at 1265 helping them

    So maybe Rodgers is right..

    Stay with us while we battle and you get to be in the picture..

    You want to stay in Scottsdale (Finley) and not be on sidelines, then dont whine your not in the pic

  34. grandsonofcoach says: Jan 29, 2011 5:41 PM

    Distraction? Doubtful. More a case of Rodgers coming into his own as a leader and Barnett tweeting his way out of Green Bay. The message from Rodgers if you want to be a part of the team…act like it. Falling on deaf ears with Nick.

  35. smellmyface says: Jan 29, 2011 5:54 PM

    Must be a bunch of people on here thats never played sports before. YES every player on the team should be in the picture. Its not like the packers will be getting the rings to remember the SB they will need something to look back on

  36. pervyharvin says: Jan 29, 2011 6:10 PM

    @4scrotum…….I know the truth hurts fat boy, let it out, just let it out!

  37. gbfan says: Jan 29, 2011 6:44 PM

    I love the people that believe this will actually affect the team’s preparation for the Superbowl. They have busted their tail all year to get here, so I’m sure a team photo is really going to mess with their head. Idiots.

  38. johnnyb216 says: Jan 29, 2011 6:45 PM

    Barnett said he doesn’t want to be a distraction. If that’s true, then he should probably STFU! I wouldn’t count on being a packer next season after all the running his mouth has been doing lately. Not enough room for 5 linebackers getting starters money next season and the fact he’s finished 2 out of the last 3 seasons on the IR doesn’t bode well for him. Now he goes and starts running his mouth just before Tue biggest game in 14 years? Is he just trying to get kicked off the team? I for one think Rodgers has brought up an interesting point. Nice knowing you nick.

  39. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 29, 2011 7:35 PM

    This bickering looks great going into the Super Bowl.

  40. nitemare1 says: Jan 29, 2011 7:38 PM

    @benh999

    you like cheeseheads–its in your nature

  41. bigdogsylas says: Jan 29, 2011 7:38 PM

    The Steelers are a solid team and the AFC Champs. We (The Packers) need to respect them and pay due diligence. I know Nick is rehabilitating his knee injury…but seriously! Do we need to be distracting your teammates and coaches with this crap?!?!? He should have been on the sidelines on game day helping his young linebackers and supporting the team. Rehab the other 6 days a week. He has made millions..no reason to not be present during at least the big games. Rodgers is right…you want to be part of the team when things are great? Show up and help make them that way…even if it is just to support and teach.

    As for PervyHarvin….ignore him. If you look at past topics he just logs in to wreck the conversation for the rational adults. If he wants to act like a 12 year old school girl we should treat him like one. Ignore and maybe he will learn.

  42. sacram3ntal says: Jan 29, 2011 8:10 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 29, 2011 5:14 PM
    This sissy soap opera As the Packers Turn is quite comical. Instead of preparing for the Steelers they are worried about trivial garbage. Lombardi is weeping. Steelers are laughing.

    ***************

    And what are your Vikings doing?
    Oh, right.. asbolutely f’n nothing.

    Still, this whole thing is pretty weak; our heroes just need to dead all the Twitter and radio drama till Feb 7.

  43. geethathurt says: Jan 29, 2011 8:51 PM

    “They’re part of this team, first and foremost.” Rodgers then added, however, “But some guys choose to rehab in other places.”

    Why don’t people just stick with the facts!!

  44. playthedamngame says: Jan 29, 2011 8:59 PM

    You know i was pulling for the pack to win the superbowl. But the more they do or say the more i want the steelers to win. Greenbay fan defend Rogers saying he is a good guy but actions speak louder then words. Guys on the team are hurt and choose to rehab somewhere else means your not sticking with the team? THEY GOT HURT PLAYING FOR THE TEAM! Rogers did you forget that part? Rogers is a clear douche bag. a great QB but still a Douche bag of a person. You should be the first to stand up for all your team mates on and off the field hurt or not.

  45. dwhitehurst says: Jan 29, 2011 9:43 PM

    Pervy, our token Vikings fan, says:

    @4scrotum…….I know the truth hurts fat boy, let it out, just let it out!
    ———————————————–

    Text on Pervy’s Phone:

    “Hey Pervy, this is Frett Bavre. I heard you’re now working at Cinnabon’s at Southdale Mall. Glad to see you landed on your feet. Sorry the Vikes let you go…I mean, what you do in private is nobody else’s business. Sure, it was in our locker room, but you were always discreet. Childress was a pain in the ass (in a bad way). Anyways, I heard you still do “massage” on the side. Do you have any time after work? I’m home alone tonight. I’d love to meet. You just don’t know how it feels to not be with a woman in 3 weeks! Well, ok, yeah, you do know how that is. But hey, you’re boyfriend can come too. If you’re not willing to take one for your favorite team, can you take one for your favorite playah? Hope you can squeeze me in, ‘put er in the old vice!’ Ha ha! I promise to say your name, call you my little Viqueen—Randy told me you like that. Later Pervy. Frett, Your Viking.

    P.S. Sorry I never got around to getting you a signed photo you kept asking for. But hey, here’s a pic 4 u I know you’ll enjoy a lot more. ;)

  46. Megatron says: Jan 29, 2011 10:14 PM

    Rodgers is definitely right, but he was absolutely wrong to go about it so publicly. He’s supposed to be the leader of this team, he doesn’t need to be publicly criticizing other team members, especially not during the ultra sensitive, over blown media frenzy that is the Super Bowl. Especially after his coach had already put the issue to rest. This is a personal, behind the scenes resolution, and it shows immaturity to handle it so publicly.

    I thought MM had handled this surprisingly well, but where is he now? Why are his players waging twitter wars (seriously, twitter? Sack up boys) against each other days before the biggest game they’ve ever played in? MM needs to keep these guys, even the injured ones, one a shorter leash and tighter muzzle. Do you see this nonsense coming from Steeler camp? No you don’t, because they’re acting like a team that belongs there.

  47. aaronitout12 says: Jan 29, 2011 10:25 PM

    playthedamngame says: Jan 29, 2011 8:59 PM

    You know i was pulling for the pack to win the superbowl. But the more they do or say the more i want the steelers to win. Greenbay fan defend Rogers saying he is a good guy but actions speak louder then words. Guys on the team are hurt and choose to rehab somewhere else means your not sticking with the team? THEY GOT HURT PLAYING FOR THE TEAM! Rogers did you forget that part? Rogers is a clear douche bag. a great QB but still a Douche bag of a person. You should be the first to stand up for all your team mates on and off the field hurt or not.

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

    Aaron Rodgers was put on IR playing for the team. Aaron Rodgers stuck around with the team. Whether it was to learn, teach, or rehab, he was HERE, with the team! This is BS that we do not need right now!

  48. andyvictory says: Jan 30, 2011 12:17 AM

    @playthedamngame…. I couldnt agree with you more. As an Eagles fan who lived in Steeler nation for 5 years, I grew somewhat bitter towards them…… But i’m so sick of hearing about GB players “tweeting”, “twitting”, “Twatting”, and “facebooking”, rather than the game itself, that I can honestly say Go Steelers for the first time in my life…. regardless of how much it hurts.

  49. andyvictory says: Jan 30, 2011 1:20 AM

    I can’t help but notice all this “Aaron Rodgers is a leader” talk, he threw his teammates under the bus over something so petty and trivial that it should not even be crossing his mind, and certainly shouldn’t warrant a story. Especially considering what he has on his plate next Sunday. All he is showing is that he is a selfish athlete, just like he has for years when things weren’t going the Pack’s way. He (like Rivers {who has had attitude coaching and apparently changed his ways}) has been caught red handed acting like a whiny, crybaby fool on national TV more often then he has actually succeeded in his career. Gonna take some time for him to bounce back from that and earn his stripes, A SB win would pretty much erase all of that… but he needs to learn to zip-it and bite his tongue, rather than responding to “social network” gossip. He had an amazing season! can’t argue that, but it is really hard to classify him as a “leader” when he is acting and handling himself like the exact opposite.

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