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Aaron Rodgers didn’t like 60 Minutes profile

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There have been plenty of people unhappy about the way 60 Minutes has covered them over the years.

You can add Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the list. Rodgers was the subject of a lengthy profile last Sunday night, one of the most extended looks we’ve gotten into a player whose accomplishments (Super Bowl ring, commercial endorsements) usually lead to more pieces like the one on CBS. Rodgers said that he wasn’t happy that the segment focused on perceived slights (Rodgers discussed a letter he got from Purdue letting him know he wasn’t being considered for a scholarship) and his personality (Greg Jennings said teammates were careful saying certain things around Rodgers because of how much he took them to heart) instead of his charity work.

Rodgers said cameras followed him to an event for the MACC Fund, a charity working to help children with cancer, but none of the footage wound up in the piece.

“To be honest, I was really surprised. It’s always interesting to see how (a piece like that) comes out. I just felt like the editing of the piece could have been done in a way that was maybe a lot more respectful of myself,” Rodgers said, via ESPNMilwaukee.com. “For them to not even show really any of the content from that night, any of the kids, not say anything about the MACC Fund (or) what they do with kids with cancer, I think that was the thing that was most disappointing about the piece. They had an opportunity to do some great things and really show some things that I’m passionate about, and they didn’t do that.”

The issue would seem to be one of intent. The show wanted to profile one of the best players in the NFL and took an approach that tried to show the things that had driven him to that position. Rodgers wanted to show off things that the producers found less enticing, which is a risk you run in such situations. Nothing about it felt disrespectful of Rodgers, though, and the result was a more complete picture than many people had before watching the profile.

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  1. riverace19 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:19 AM

    Commercial endorsements is an accomplishment listed in the same phrase as winning a super bowl?
    Me thinks not!

  2. thraiderskin says: Nov 8, 2012 11:19 AM

    Yeah… but a little extra press for a charity, that helps kids with cancer, would have been nice. Its not like 60 Minutes paid Rodgers for this interview, the least they could do is give a little attention to the Charity, even if for 20 seconds.

  3. btg1911 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:20 AM

    Soooo, now he feels slighted by 60 Minutes? Weird.

  4. bigbluedeadhead says: Nov 8, 2012 11:20 AM

    What a tool

  5. lbijake says: Nov 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    Oh, cry me a freakin’ river already. Get over yourself. Sounds like you were doing the charity work for the pub. I bet the kids with cancer may have a different perspective.

  6. kuhnyoudigit says: Nov 8, 2012 11:23 AM

    He let them into his life for months, and they couldn’t spare 5 seconds to spotlight a charity helping kids that really need it. Any decent human being would be upset that they gave all that time and they refused to show any heart at all.

    But he’s totally a jerk for thinking that, right?

    I really hate people sometimes. Trying to slam a guy who’s just attempting to help kids is one of the lower things I’ve seen from PFT, you should be embarassed.

  7. northernwisc says: Nov 8, 2012 11:25 AM

    Shocker – he is “sensitive” about it…….

  8. ernie ernie says: Nov 8, 2012 11:25 AM

    I wouldn’t do another interview with them I guess. Know the guy is right. They should have showed that. But its the liberal media.

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 8, 2012 11:26 AM

    Go ahead all you vik fans. Try to rip him for this. You’re just jealous because our QB is enroute to his second MVP, whereas you need to decide whether you should start Joe Webb instead of Christian Ponder. Ha HA HA HA HA.

  10. Josh Alper says: Nov 8, 2012 11:27 AM

    Where’s the “slam” on Rodgers?

  11. rascalmanny says: Nov 8, 2012 11:28 AM

    Why the F does anybody deal with 60 mins. in the first place? They will ALWAYS spin it to their way of thinking.

  12. Broncofanatic7 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:28 AM

    If you donate money or give time to charities in hopes of getting a pat on the back for it, then you are doing it for the wrong reasons. You don’t have to announce to the world that you did something good, just to help your “personal image”

  13. joetoronto says: Nov 8, 2012 11:28 AM

    She’s been overly sensitive lately, maybe it’s that time of the month.

  14. gcberger says: Nov 8, 2012 11:33 AM

    60 Minutes has a habit of selective editing, sometimes using the answer to Question “A” as a reply to Question “B” and then editing answers to make them take an opposite viewpoint to what the person meant. Its easy to change “I do not believe” to “I believe”

    Very easy to do.

  15. kluuuuuuuuug says: Nov 8, 2012 11:37 AM

    Hah… he sounds like he has no self-awareness here. Wake up man! This is exactly the type of stuff that was “showcased” on the profile, you are completely justifying why that was the focus in the first place. It’s great you’re giving your time to a good cause, but it almost cheapens it when you complain you don’t get publicity for it.

    Great QB, just a bit neurotic.

  16. bahoto34 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:39 AM

    60 minutes producer must’ve been a bears fan.

  17. savocabol1 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:47 AM

    Rodgers comes across as a pretty self absorbed kinda guy. He seems very vain.

  18. getatmeplease says: Nov 8, 2012 11:49 AM

    I thought they did a good job on Rodgers. He appeared very likeable so I’m not sure why he’s whining about it.

  19. waxthat says: Nov 8, 2012 11:54 AM

    This guy lives with a chip on his shoulder…and that’s part of what makes him great.

    49ers fan here and still dissapointed they didnt draft him that year. I could barely stay tuned to the rest of that draft when we took Alex over him.

  20. geniusesq says: Nov 8, 2012 11:56 AM

    I really care about this. Says nobody ever.

  21. 2difshoe says: Nov 8, 2012 11:57 AM

    Rodgers mouth runs more than someone prepping for a colonoscopy. Can we hit the mute button on Rodgers, Rotlisberbger and Rex Ryan.

    Children should be seen and not heard.

  22. buckybadger says: Nov 8, 2012 12:02 PM

    riverace19, of course not to us as sports fans his commercials [which even as a Packer fan I will tell you he isn't every good, definetely not as good as Manning] aren’t on that same level as winning the Super Bowl but in some respects it is. The money he is going to make as one of the premier faces of the league will do more for his family down the road than that championship ever will. Some players like to say I would give up all the money for that one championship but in reality you wouldn’t, that would be selfish. I would set up my family for generations instead.

  23. buckybadger says: Nov 8, 2012 12:04 PM

    This is just another example as why you shouldn’t base too much on any individual on those produced pieces by what is disguised as news. They could paint Hilter to be a saint and Mother Theresa to be a gangster if you edit it just right. Not saying that is what they did with Rodgers but you get the idea on how they can alter things here and there to just change the taste of it.

  24. caseyanthonymunoz says: Nov 8, 2012 12:05 PM

    I’ve lost so much respect for this guy. What a diva he’s turned into. He’s still a great QB but all this guy does is complain. About the NFL, about the refs, about his teammates, and now the media. Aaron, you don’t always have to be the victim.

  25. salmen76 says: Nov 8, 2012 12:06 PM

    I agree with Rogers! People that can’t do anything become bad reporters! Reporters accomplish nothing of substance at all. They only report the accomplishments of others. And most of them can’t even do that right. Ha Ha! Geaux Saints!

  26. twonis says: Nov 8, 2012 12:23 PM

    So I was one of the first Rodgers converts when he took over for the Pack and I don’t regret it at all. Love the man. However, I do miss the days of seen and not heard. I don’t think his elevated profile is doing him and good and has only opened him to misguided criticism which could end up having a negative impact on him.

    That being said, for anyone to translate his disappointment in not having any attention paid to the MACC Fund as him wanting glory, and not as him wanting to use his available platform to gain more attention for what he considers to be a worthwhile charity, takes either an intense amount of cynicism or a blind, biased dislike of the guy.

    And I wouldn’t appreciate it if someone called me short either.

  27. jonny42671 says: Nov 8, 2012 12:25 PM

    Or how about when he shunned a little girl with cancer that was caught on camera? Packer fans save the BS about how it didn’t happen that way. It was on camera. You always try to defend anything that the Packers do wrong. Heck….your coach and players can’t even accept a loss, they have to blame the refs or say they really didn’t lose. Rodgers is a good QB, but he his also the biggest crybaby and DIVA in the league. He is a joke compared to Favre !!

  28. xxwhodatxx says: Nov 8, 2012 12:25 PM

    This guy cries way too much.

  29. nfloracle says: Nov 8, 2012 12:38 PM

    Geez, he’s starting to whine like Favre. Guess he learned something from Brett after all, eh?

  30. purpleguy says: Nov 8, 2012 12:40 PM

    If Rodgers is concerned about not receiving the proper media respect and scrutiny, perhaps he shouldn’t do 60 Minutes profiles, have a weekly radio show, or regularly pimp pizza and insurance national commercials. Don’t seek the spotlight and then complain when the light isn’t showing where you want it to show.

  31. gnarlswoodson says: Nov 8, 2012 12:41 PM

    I just wanna thank all you Rodgers obsessed haters for coming out strong once again on a Rodgers based article. Just remember this. Best QB in the world, and theres not a damn thing you can do about it.

  32. ihaterogergoodell says: Nov 8, 2012 12:44 PM

    Rogers? Complaining? Never!

  33. bla bla bla says: Nov 8, 2012 12:44 PM

    I didn’t see where Rodgers said he was disappointed that HE didn’t get a pat on the back for working with the MACC fund. What he said was, he’s diappointed that the MACC fund didn’t get any much-deserved love. Big difference there, kiddies.

    Rodgers does a TON of stuff around Wisconsin that most people never hear about. That’s the way HE wants it. He’s as far from a “glory hound” as is humanly possible, quietly going about the business of doing good things. We should all be more like “Mr. Rodgers”.

  34. packownsu says: Nov 8, 2012 12:45 PM

    Meh, I could care less about his off field life as long as he’s torching bears, vikings etc on the field. IN GODGERS WE TRUST

  35. ezwriter69 says: Nov 8, 2012 12:46 PM

    It appears that he doesn’t really like much anything or anyone… just add 60 Minutes to his long, long list. Makes Cutler look happy-go-lucky.

  36. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Nov 8, 2012 12:47 PM

    Sounds like Greg Jennings was right! If you watch the piece his oversensitivity jumps at you. Sometimes it can be a good thing because he has a big heart and is generous but it must be a drag telling jokes around the guy or getting him to laugh at himself.

  37. philtration says: Nov 8, 2012 12:49 PM

    So Rodgers and Packer fans never want to talk about him blowing off that old lady with cancer but now were are supposed to believe that poor Aaron was slighted because they did not focus on him attending a MACC Fund event?
    Since he felt he had to bring it up then what was his real motivation for going?

    He whines about his comments being taken out of context on his own radio show.
    He whines about the way he came off on an interview that HE agreed to do for 60 min.
    He throws his teammates under the buss all the time and then gets his feelings hurt when one of them even hints that he is thin skinned.
    How about you just play football and shut the hell up then?
    No more T.V. commercials while you are at it.

    Funny how Jay Cutler does not rant on a radio show, seek publicity for his charitable contributions or for visiting children in the hospital or cry on 60 min. about being rejected for a scholarship in college yet HE is the one that supposed to be the arrogant tool.

  38. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 8, 2012 12:50 PM

    He’s been in the spotlight for how long, and he doesn’t know the media is selective in their reporting?

    Your fault Rodgers. Your fault.

  39. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 8, 2012 12:52 PM

    Is there anything this guy won’t whine about?

  40. witchrunner says: Nov 8, 2012 12:54 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me how dumb people can be. You’d think that anyone going on a show like 60 Minutes would do their research first. The first sentence of the article sums it up. Why Rodgers thinks he’d be treated any differently is a puzzle. But, I guess that’s par for the course.

  41. bluestree says: Nov 8, 2012 12:55 PM

    I think it’s as simple as 60 Minutes wanted to do something a little more edgy, a little different than a standard sports hero puff peice.
    They just did it crappy. Odd editing, odd camera angles, it just didn’t work.

  42. 2difshoe says: Nov 8, 2012 12:55 PM

    bla bla bla says:
    Nov 8, 2012 12:44 PM
    I didn’t see where Rodgers said he was disappointed that HE didn’t get a pat on the back for working with the MACC fund. What he said was, he’s diappointed that the MACC fund didn’t get any much-deserved love. Big difference there, kiddies.

    Rodgers does a TON of stuff around Wisconsin that most people never hear about. That’s the way HE wants it. He’s as far from a “glory hound” as is humanly possible, quietly going about the business of doing good things. We should all be more like “Mr. Rodgers”.

    —————————————————————–

    Google Bears corner Peanut Tillman…he established a foundation for children in bad health….. You never hear a single peep about it !

    Tillman does his job and never has a bad word…one class act ! Oh and for those who may say he may not play because this Sunday, his wife is giving birth. He recently almost lost a child to heart disease . For Tillman, family always come first, as it should be !

  43. banlarson says: Nov 8, 2012 1:07 PM

    The guy is a primadonna. The Packers strategy of stock piling young guys and not paying proven veterans is catching up to them. No running game, an aging defense that is getting worse and now Jennings will leave for FA. Next year look for the Pack to be back where they belong, at the bottom of the division.

  44. rajbais says: Nov 8, 2012 1:21 PM

    “60 Minutes’
    sports profiles suck because they’re too positive.

    The positiveness is caused by this dumb knack to condense the story and find a cheap method to get the male audience.

    Let’s all admit this and not have this comment banned!!!

  45. CKL says: Nov 8, 2012 1:24 PM

    philtration says:
    Nov 8, 2012 12:49 PM

    Funny how Jay Cutler does not rant on a radio show, seek publicity for his charitable contributions or for visiting children in the hospital or cry on 60 min. about being rejected for a scholarship in college yet HE is the one that supposed to be the arrogant tool.
    _________________________________
    I’m not a huge Cutler fan but I don’t think he’s arrogant so much as he just doesn’t give much of a bleep about what he thinks is silly niceties. He’s sort of similar to my team’s HC that way. I actually kind of like that about Cutler most of the time.

    And I agree Rodgers does have a dry sense of humor. But I also agree with Jennings. Sometimes AR needs to put a sock in it. One thing anyone who loves the NFL should agree on is the dude is a fantastic player.

  46. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 8, 2012 1:29 PM

    manthasteeleruinedmyqb says:Nov 8, 2012 12:52 PM

    Is there anything this guy won’t whine about?

    —–

    I’d rather have a QB who complains that 60 minutes didn’t do enough to showcase the good work that MACC is doing rather than an undersized, injury-prone prima donna WR who screams at his coach during a game. How’s your QB doing, by the way?

  47. dabears62 says: Nov 8, 2012 1:32 PM

    Oh the media made you look bad?? Welcome to Jay Cutlers world.

  48. shaggytoodle says: Nov 8, 2012 1:35 PM

    samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says:Nov 8, 2012 12:52 PM

    Is there anything this guy won’t whine about?
    ______________________

    I don’t believe he has complained, that his Superbowl Ring doesn’t fit right.

  49. mattspapi says: Nov 8, 2012 1:47 PM

    Fabulous quarterback and fun to watch when he ‘s not playing my team…but I lost any respect for him when he came out so strong in defense of Ryan Braun who was then and is now as guilty as sin of juicing.
    Rodgers looked like a fool in that case and in the reaction to the 60 minutes case he comes out the loser again because he implies the best of him hit the cutting room floor. Can’t audible 60 minutes and change up the protection after fact.

  50. binkystevens says: Nov 8, 2012 3:23 PM

    You’re all right – How selfish and vain of him to try to promote his charity to a national audience? It’s almost as if he was trying to raise awareness and increase funding for something he was passionate about – helping children with cancer. I mean, this guy’s a real jerk!

  51. dcviking says: Nov 8, 2012 3:29 PM

    maybe he thought it was too “short”…

  52. lanski5 says: Nov 8, 2012 5:20 PM

    So Rodgers and Packer fans never want to talk about him blowing off that old lady with cancer but now were are supposed to believe that poor Aaron was slighted because they did not focus on him attending a MACC Fund event?
    Since he felt he had to bring it up then what was his real motivation for going?

    He whines about his comments being taken out of context on his own radio show.
    He whines about the way he came off on an interview that HE agreed to do for 60 min.
    He throws his teammates under the buss all the time and then gets his feelings hurt when one of them even hints that he is thin skinned.
    How about you just play football and shut the hell up then?
    No more T.V. commercials while you are at it.

    Funny how Jay Cutler does not rant on a radio show, seek publicity for his charitable contributions or for visiting children in the hospital or cry on 60 min. about being rejected for a scholarship in college yet HE is the one that supposed to be the arrogant tool.
    ————————————————–
    philtration, I’ll try educate you. With regard to your 1st charge, yes Aaron did walk past her, because she shows up EVERY week to get free bling from the guy. He decided enough is enough. With regard to the rest of your rant, I have to ask, do you even live within 100o miles of Green Bay? I have never, ever, once seen Aaron calling out a player much less throwing a team mate under the bus. You either have Aaron confused with some other QB, or your hate for the guy make you lie.

  53. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 8, 2012 5:23 PM

    Cute little jealous girls. Making stuff up like Rodgers shunned a little girl with cancer? I can do that, too. Jonny is in prison for forcing himself on a goat.

    Packers > your team

    The end.

  54. therightisalright says: Nov 8, 2012 5:25 PM

    He is a devote Christian. 60 minutes is part of the liberal media. Did you really think they would treat this story accurately?

  55. yyyass says: Nov 8, 2012 5:37 PM

    I just thought he was uncomfortable because Scott Pelli looked like he wanted to try snapping some balls to him under center.

  56. cags777 says: Nov 8, 2012 5:39 PM

    A player’s personality is a lot more interesting for television than showing charity work (no offense). I saw the piece ESPN did a couple years ago about a little girl who asked Rodgers to shave his facial hair (to which he did). It made me respect him a lot for devoting his time. However, player profiles need to go beyond their charity work, stats, and endorsements. Up until that point, I didn’t know a lot about Rodgers background, nor did I realize he had it harder than most elite quarterbacks in the NFL. I am happy the rejection letter from Purdue was mentioned, along with the fact that he’s unusually thin-skinned around his teammates and fans. It made this fan earn a lot more respect for him for his honesty.

  57. cobaltdriver says: Nov 8, 2012 6:45 PM

    I have to ask again why the Viking “fans” come on here to blast Rodgers. SHouldn’t you be more worried about Christine and her 58 and 65 yrds passing..??You should be more concerned about whats going on with her than with Rodgers, perhaps she is the one with the hormone problems

  58. vikefan says: Nov 8, 2012 7:52 PM

    golden boy mad cause he doesnt look as golden as he thinks he is? aww…..so sad…… suprised he didn’t blame it on the refs

  59. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 8, 2012 7:57 PM

    Aaron has a point, but I have to ask if he or his agent has ever watched 60 Minutes? Accuracy and fairness have never been a a goal they strive that hard for. Ever.

  60. bubbasmithguy says: Nov 8, 2012 9:42 PM

    Aaron Rodgers whining? Is anyone surprised?

  61. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 9, 2012 12:30 AM

    Remember when the Vikings were relevant?

    Oh yeah, they were playing with a discarded Packer at QB, a discarded Packer at kicker.

    Minnesota: Where once good Packers go to die, and Lombardi Trophies will continue to avoid.

  62. packerbadger says: Nov 9, 2012 8:14 AM

    To all you Viking and Eagle fan haters…..Rodgers has more Super Bowl rings than both of your teams……combined.

  63. walleyeshop says: Nov 9, 2012 10:53 AM

    I’m a Packer fan and have truly appreciated Aaron’s talent on the field. He does really need to drop the chip on his shoulder though. He’s done more than enough to prove his nay-sayers wrong. I watched the 60 Minutes piece andl, overall, thought it was good. However, I did not care for the way Rodgers snapped at the fan who said “You’re not as tall as I thought you’d be”. Rodgers response was “I don’t really appreciate that”. Really??? You could tell he caught the fan off guard.

  64. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 10, 2012 12:28 AM

    60 Minutes profile = big time.

    Despite being in 2nd place in the NFC North, he is the face of the NFL now.

  65. footballfan46273 says: Nov 11, 2012 12:05 AM

    Some people on here are so foolish. First of all, his complaints about the officiating were warranted. Everyone without biased hate against Green Bay knows the call was atrocious. Second, when Rodgers speaks up, he has a reasoning behind it and it’s with good intentions. Such a jerk for speaking out wishing the NFL didn’t take Johnny Jolly away from his support group (The Packers)! Such a jerk for wanting to raise awareness for the MACC fund! Get a grip people. Rodgers is the best QB in the NFL and is one of the most generous, intellectual players as well. It is refreshing to see with a high IQ. I’m tired of the Jermichael Finley’s of the world who couldn’t win a 3rd grade spelling bee.

  66. toddbook says: Nov 16, 2012 1:28 PM

    Now we are comparing Rodgers to Jake “headcase” Cutler. Come on! The Bears will never win a superbowl with Cutler, he’s another Jeff George, talent with arrogance beyond belief a true “tool”. Viking fans, you will be happy to get Rodgers after he is done with the Pack in about 10 years or so. Rodgers was not looking for a pat on the back for his charity work, he wanted the charity to get some publicity. Rodgers never dismissed any woman with cancer. Players are human too and just because he’s an athlete/celebrity doesn’t give people the right to be rude. I did like the piece and Rodgers does have a chip, with good reason, it’s what has made him the best QB in the NFL.

  67. The Prophet says: Jul 23, 2013 10:34 AM

    Hey cheeseheads, 60 minutes is not a telethon its a journalistic story show and if the story isn’t about charity then you don’t show it. I know you are all unrealistically loyal to these Packers but you don’t know what you are talking about.

    They do profile pieces on actual criminals, who probably have done good in their lives, but their not going to show some completely out of context video reel just to appease fans, when it has absolutely nothing to do with the story. Get a life cheeseheads …

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