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Now that he’s respected, Rodgers looking for motivation

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From the moment he slid in the 2005 NFL Draft, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has seemingly been searching for respect.

Now that he’s found it, he seems unsure what to do with it.

From the gigantic contract to the general consensus that he’s the best quarterback in the league, the world has caught up, to the extent that teammates view him as an icon as opposed to the guy who hands them the ball.

“My first impression was more of a fan’s reaction,” rookie running back Eddie Lacy told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “I’m in the huddle with him, and I’m thinking, ‘This is Aaron Rodgers.'”

The man himself seems uncomfortable with that degree of adulation.

That gives you a good perspective on how things can change,” Rodgers said. “Getting called ‘sir’ by some of these young guys is kind of silly, too. I’m not even 30 yet. Let’s relax on the ‘sir’ part, OK?

“But I appreciate the respect.”

From afar, that quest for the approval of others seems ingrained in Rodgers’ personality. But now that he’s won all the awards and earned all the money, he has to find new things to shoot for, even if he’s inventing them.

“I love it when people are not talking about us,” Rodgers said. “It’s good for us. We’re a small-market team with a blue-collar, community attitude. We enjoy it when people are talking about other teams and we can skate under the radar.”

While it’s hard to find the people who are underestimating Rodgers and the Packers, it seems to work for him, so perhaps it’s best to let him own it.

Just don’t call him sir.

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46 Responses to “Now that he’s respected, Rodgers looking for motivation”
  1. frogmantm says: May 29, 2013 12:44 PM

    “Just don’t call him sir.”
    Or short…

  2. jhein23 says: May 29, 2013 12:45 PM

    Best QB in the game – doesn’t average 18 to 20 picks a season like Brees, much more athletc and stronger arm than Peyton or Brady. And more consistent than Flacco, Eli, etc.

  3. toolkien says: May 29, 2013 12:46 PM

    Hey shorty, win another Super Bowl then we’ll talk about how great you are…

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 29, 2013 12:50 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback and seems to be a great guy off the field too. As long as he’s healthy, the Packers will be a division title contender regardless of what other shortcomings may be evident. When you have a player like that, you’re never going to be under the radar.

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 29, 2013 12:51 PM

    No question that Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in football. Our future us bright

  6. greencheeto says: May 29, 2013 12:54 PM

    Or short.

  7. jsho55 says: May 29, 2013 12:55 PM

    “to the general consensus that he’s the best quarterback in the league”

    Whoa, when did this become the consenses?

  8. markchmurasbabysitter says: May 29, 2013 1:02 PM

    Respected? By who? People that wear blocks of cheese on their heads?

  9. hansenbrothers says: May 29, 2013 1:03 PM

    I do think he’s correct about flying under the radar, you don’t see espn camping out at their complex like they do the jets or the cowboys. I agree though, I like it too. Less flash, more substance.

  10. 49erstim says: May 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    He does NOT lack motivation and nowhere in the article does it even mention lack of motivation. I respect and like A Rodg and I guarantee you that he is motivated to win at LEAST one more title and to try to be labeled as the greatest EVER at his position. Lack motivation… C’mon Gantt be better than that.

  11. gcw440 says: May 29, 2013 1:06 PM

    Pats fan here but I can’t help myself from liking Rodgers, dudes definitely got game

  12. granadafan says: May 29, 2013 1:07 PM

    Rodgers is 6’2″. He towers over Brees. Peyton is only taller because of that abnormally sized forehead.

  13. We need Bud Grant says: May 29, 2013 1:09 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 29, 2013 12:50 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback and seems to be a great guy off the field too. As long as he’s healthy, the Packers will be a division title contender regardless of what other shortcomings may be evident. When you have a player like that, you’re never going to be under the radar.

    ——

    Right on target, as usual, well done, Sir.

  14. WatchThis says: May 29, 2013 1:12 PM

    What have you done for me lately, except one and done.

  15. Stiller43 says: May 29, 2013 1:13 PM

    The general consensus is that he’s the best in the game?

    As an avid patriots hater, i will say only this…did Tom Brady die or retire?

  16. markpackman says: May 29, 2013 1:25 PM

    Some players get all puffed up full of themselves, and try to demand respect. Rodgers commands respect! If you deserve respect, you don’t have to tell people you deserve it.

  17. citizenstrange says: May 29, 2013 1:28 PM

    If you wanted the sky I would write across the sky in letters,
    That would soar a thousand feet high,
    To Sir, with Love

  18. booboothekid says: May 29, 2013 1:28 PM

    Aaron Rodgers Is The Best QB In The NFL…Hands Down. He Can Move Outside Of The Pocket When The Play Breaks Down. He Throws Rocket Balls Into Pinhole Size Windows Without Tons Of Picks Unlike Our Former Rocket Baller. The Guy Makes Everyone Around Him Better. Take Him And Put Him On Pretty Much Every Team And He Makes Them Better.Put Him In The Falcons And Matty Ice On The Pack…Rodgers Elevates Them And Matty Ice Sinks The Pack. You Can’t Tell Me He Isn’t The Best. It Is NoteEven An Argument Anymore.

  19. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 29, 2013 1:42 PM

    We need Bud Grant says:May 29, 2013 1:09 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 29, 2013 12:50 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback and seems to be a great guy off the field too. As long as he’s healthy, the Packers will be a division title contender regardless of what other shortcomings may be evident. When you have a player like that, you’re never going to be under the radar.

    ——

    Right on target, as usual, well done, Sir.
    _________

    Let’s relax on the ‘sir’ part, OK? But I appreciate the respect.

  20. thefox61 says: May 29, 2013 1:52 PM

    Translation : egomaniac now a very rich egomaniac

  21. blitzinc43 says: May 29, 2013 1:55 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 29, 2013 1:42 PM

    We need Bud Grant says:May 29, 2013 1:09 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 29, 2013 12:50 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback and seems to be a great guy off the field too. As long as he’s healthy, the Packers will be a division title contender regardless of what other shortcomings may be evident. When you have a player like that, you’re never going to be under the radar.

    ——

    Right on target, as usual, well done, Sir.
    _________

    Let’s relax on the ‘sir’ part, OK? But I appreciate the respect.
    ______________________________

    I like talking to myself in private

  22. CKL says: May 29, 2013 1:55 PM

    Stiller43 says:
    May 29, 2013 1:13 PM
    The general consensus is that he’s the best in the game?

    As an avid patriots hater, i will say only this…did Tom Brady die or retire?
    _________________________________
    As a Pats fan I wouldn’t trade TB for anyone, but I do think Rodgers is better skillwise. He has no flaws skillwise as a QB or if he has them they are so minute that it makes no difference. I’m not a big QB person but I actually love to watch him play, it’s a pleasure. Some of the throws he makes drop my jaw.

  23. seaeagle707 says: May 29, 2013 1:58 PM

    Needs motivation eh? Well how about if during our pre-season joust, we have Kam Chancellor pile drive into ya and maybe separate your ribs a few inches? Would that help with the motivation, Aaron?

  24. squared80 says: May 29, 2013 2:02 PM

    Take away Rodgers and the Packers are horrible. No defense, no o-line, no run game. He’s more important to his team than anyone else in the league.

  25. firestarter0728 says: May 29, 2013 2:04 PM

    As long as he doesn’t threaten to retire every year from now on, he’ll always be respected by Packers fans.

  26. thegreatgabbert says: May 29, 2013 2:13 PM

    Until he does that Double Hitch The Loaded Diaper move. Then he becomes ridiculous again.

  27. axespray says: May 29, 2013 2:14 PM

    squared80 says:
    May 29, 2013 2:02 PM
    “Take away Rodgers and the Packers are horrible. No defense, no o-line, no run game. He’s more important to his team than anyone else in the league.”
    ————————
    Take away Rodgers and the team nearly beats the patriots (in foxboro) and take away all of our starters and we’re still capable of whooping the lion’s starters.

    11th ranked d in spite of injuries, oline was wiped out with injuries, we began running pretty good late in the season, he’s important, but this team is very good (if you’ve got eyes or common sense) and also very young, most of these young guys are still developing, it takes time.

  28. jrmbadger says: May 29, 2013 2:14 PM

    Well, he’ll always have Skip Bayless to use for motivation. Skip is a Favre fan and has dogged Rodgers since day 1. Although does anyone take him seriously anymore?

  29. sportnorcal says: May 29, 2013 2:17 PM

    “Finally respected?”

    He’s been the best QB in the game for a couple years now. Wish my team had drafted him back in the day.

    Is this article from 2010?

  30. expertop says: May 29, 2013 2:23 PM

    I hate the Packers. But Rodgers is one of those quarterbacks who, if you were to drop him into any team’s lineup, instantly makes that team a contender. The Packers have some glaring weaknesses as a team – sketchy offensive line, weak running game, suspect defense – but they’re a threat to go the distance every year, largely because of Aaron Rodgers.

  31. hrmlss says: May 29, 2013 2:41 PM

    How about being motivated to win more superbowls than Bert Faver.

  32. baddegg says: May 29, 2013 2:57 PM

    I’m pretty sure that winning the Super Bowl is sufficient motivation.

    For superstars like Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, or LaBron James — winning one championship isn’t enough. They want to do it every year.

    What other motivation do you need?

  33. northernwisc says: May 29, 2013 3:00 PM

    Glad to see the folks writing these articles are reading the ones they are linking to……

    From the USA Today article:

    Rodgers has something else fueling him now. After winning Super Bowl XLV, the Packers were eliminated in the second round of the past two postseasons.

  34. bigzant82 says: May 29, 2013 3:11 PM

    win 1-2 more Super Bowls and you will be an NFL GOD if u need more motivation then umm win more games year after year and win a couple more titles aaron there lots of guys in ua wishing they were in ya shoes an NFL LEGEND IN THE MAKING SUPER BOWL MVP & CHAMPION
    i have idea for motivation how bout putting american NFL Football in the Olympics have the motivation to win a gold medal for ya country??

  35. purplepride74 says: May 29, 2013 3:20 PM

    Rodgers peaked in 2010, he has about as much chance of winning another Super Bowl as my Vikes.

  36. purplepride74 says: May 29, 2013 3:21 PM

    @northerwisc

    Im pretty sure they got knocked out in their first round each of the past two years…

  37. micknangold says: May 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    I don’t see how a team as iconic as the Packers are and with a national fanbase can be viewed as “small market”.

  38. gbmickey says: May 29, 2013 3:36 PM

    I love how some of you twist things around acting like Rodgers is some egomaniac. He is a consumate pro and always will be. Read the article all he talks about is the team and the only time he talks about himself is when someone forces an answer about sliding in the draft or about Favre. Even then, like he did last week he said it was time to welcome Favre back even though he has every right to hold a grudge because of the way Favre treated him.

  39. ponderthedumpoffking says: May 29, 2013 4:22 PM

    purplepride74 says:
    May 29, 2013 3:21 PM
    @northerwisc

    Im pretty sure they got knocked out in their first round each of the past two years…

    Actually, the yikes got eliminated by the packers last year.

    You must be a real fan.

  40. seaeagle707 says: May 29, 2013 4:30 PM

    That’s pretty good for Aaron, to get paid that kind of money, to stand around on the sidelines for most of a game, watching his own defense play. What the heck they putting in the cheddar these days, that causes the GB execs to have such strong hallucinations?

  41. firestarter0728 says: May 29, 2013 4:36 PM

    purplepride74 says:

    Im pretty sure they got knocked out in their first round each of the past two years…

    ——————-

    I’m pretty sure they beat the Vikings in the first round last year.

  42. kopy says: May 29, 2013 4:37 PM

    How could someone with the name purplepride think the Packers were knocked out in the first round last year?

  43. northernwisc says: May 29, 2013 4:38 PM

    @purplepride74

    First you are wrong. The Packers beat the Vikings in the first round last year.

    Second – I was quoting the article in an effort to point out the headline to this story makes no sense because it says “Rodgers looking for motivation”.

    But I do apologize because I forgot that connecting the dots isn’t easy for everyone so I will try to do a better job next time.

  44. tangysizzl says: May 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    Despite what you know or think you know, SBs are team accomplishments not individual.

    Yes Rodgers has pretty much carried this Packers team through the last few years because of a weak OLine, almost no running game and a defense that hemorages yards by the 1000s.

    Hopefully the additions of Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin along with DuJuan Harris can give him a legitimate running attack. The reshuffling of the Oline and no Marshall Newhouse at OT will protect him better and maybe just maybe a defense with a healthy 2nd yr Nick Perry, rookie Datone Jones and a healthy Desmond Bishop will bring some toughness to a defense that has clearly lacked it for some time.

    If even one of those things becomes a reality than look out.

  45. MichaelWrites says: May 29, 2013 9:45 PM

    I want Brett Favre to call him “sir.”

  46. Frazier28/7 says: May 30, 2013 12:00 PM

    $22 mil a year not enough?

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