With thousands and thousands of people owning a piece of the Packers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have one person who holds the paper — and in turn his rights.
He likes it that way.
“I think it’s great,” Rodgers told 60 Minutes in a profile that aired Sunday night. “You don’t have somebody who got a ton of money but doesn’t know a whole lot about football trying to tell you what to do.”
Of course, if that were ever to happen to Rodgers, he could just lock the guy out of the locker room.
The entertaining segment included an exchange with a fan who had won a contest to meet Rodgers shaking the 2011 MVP’s hand and saying, “You look a lot smaller than I thought you’d be.”
Said Rodgers in response to the fan, “I don’t appreciate that.”
(It kind of reminded me of the heartwarming moment when I met Ross Tucker and he said, “Hey, you’re not as ugly as you are on TV.”)
Why is Rodgers so sensitive about his six-foot, two-inch frame? “I just think that’s one of the more ridiculous comments that could be thrown at me, especially coming from somebody who’s five-seven,” Rodgers told Scott Pelley.
Receiver Greg Jennings separately explained the dynamic to Pelley. “He’s sensitive so you gotta careful what you say around him,” Jennings said of Rodgers. “He takes everything to heart. Like once he sees this interview, he’s gonna be sensitive to the fact that we’re saying he’s sensitive.”
It’s good that he’s sensitive. Because it seems to motivate him. And it humanizes him.
To a certain extent we’re all sensitive. The question is whether we’re willing to be honest with ourselves and everyone else about it.
And in Rodgers’ case it helps explain why he’s glad not to have a billionaire owner who is in position to tell Rodgers what to do and how to do it.