Aaron Rodgers: “Size matters” when it comes to his hands

AP

When NFL evaluators descend on Indianapolis late next month for the Scouting Combine, people will laugh about their obsession with the measurements of the quarterbacks. But for all the jokes, there was a practical application of those numbers on display last week.

When Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was being sacked from behind by Cowboys safety Jeff Heath, he didn’t lose the ball he had in his right hand. Why not?

Size matters,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

When he was at the Scouting Combine, his hands measured 10 1/8 inches. Assuming they haven’t grown since then (or that he hasn’t had them stretched), that makes them officially large.

“His grip strength has got to be fantastic,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “I totally thought the same thing. During the game, I said, ‘That’s amazing that the ball did not come out.’”

Anything under 9 1/2 inches is considered small, and can make it harder for a quarterback to grip the ball well enough to spin it in inclement weather. Or in Rodgers case, to secure it without fumbling while being drilled from behind with 18 seconds left in a tied playoff game.

“That was a huge play because if the ball comes out right there, that’s probably the game for them because they’re already in field goal range,” Packers pass-rusher Julius Peppers said. “I think when he absorbed that hit and held onto the ball, that was just a great, instinctive play that probably saved the game for us.”

Instincts and big hands, neither of which you can teach.

25 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: “Size matters” when it comes to his hands

  1. Actually, right after the play, I was wondering to myself why Heath did not do a tomahawk chop on this right forearm/wrist. Rodgers had no idea he was coming and it was available to swat ball. If that is James Harrison, the ball is rolling away.

  2. Yep, hence why he doesnt have to deflate balls to get a better grip. He is actually one of the few players who prefer his balllls at the top end of of PSI

  3. No it doesn’t no it doesn’t no it doesn’t! LALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALA LALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALA

  4. Deflated footballs around .02 PSI due to cold/wet weather, the NFL/Goodell/ESPN/haters go bat ish crazy.

    Aaron Rodgers admits over inflation of footballs and people give two craps less. Interesting.

  5. Interesting points you made here Grant….

    “Anything under 9 1/2 inches is considered small, and can make it harder for a quarterback to grip the ball well enough to spin it in inclement weather. Or in Rodgers case, to secure it without fumbling while being drilled from behind”

    While big hand size definitely plays a part in whether or not you can hold onto balls, it’s not the end all. When you’re going up against dominate and stiff competition, it doesn’t matter how big your hands are because that ball can get jerked around. Defensive players are taught and coached to explode hard off the ball once it’s snapped, so it’s a long shot that grip is going to exclusively keep you out of trouble. A very very long shot.

  6. Well Rodgers did correctly refer to muscle memory when describing his ability to throw accurately. And that is teachable. Without that, size and instinct don’t mean much.

  7. Such a shame that, given Goofdell’s definition of improper ball-psi being a crime of the century, Aaron Rodgers (the only QB known to have crossed this line, and cheated for many years) will henceforth always have to be asterisked. Also a shame that Goofdell never even sent him as much as a warning letter, let alone any fine, suspension or picks, but continues to both defame and avoid Brady against whom NFL lawyer Nash admitted in court there was no evidence.

  8. streetyson says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:41 AM
    Such a shame that, given Goofdell’s definition of improper ball-psi being a crime of the century, Aaron Rodgers (the only QB known to have crossed this line, and cheated for many years) will henceforth always have to be asterisked. Also a shame that Goofdell never even sent him as much as a warning letter, let alone any fine, suspension or picks, but continues to both defame and avoid Brady against whom NFL lawyer Nash admitted in court there was no evidence.

    I have heard that he likes the football over inflated, I have not heard that he has ever instructed team staff to inflate the ball after it was inspected by an official before the game. That is the difference.

  9. The ball didnt come out because Heath led with the left side of his body and swung his right arm around rodgers and high right hand hit Rodgers in the front of his chest.

    Had he chopped with his right hand hitting Rodgers right arm, the game would have been over right there.

    It has nothing to do with hand size. This is obvious when you watch the play. I guarantee Heath has thought of this a million times already.

  10. dstroi says:
    Jan 20, 2017 8:35 AM

    Deflated footballs around .02 PSI due to cold/wet weather, the NFL/Goodell/ESPN/haters go bat ish crazy.

    Aaron Rodgers admits over inflation of footballs and people give two craps less. Interesting.

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    deflating makes it easier to hold/throw/catch a football

    inflating makes it harder

    nobody is going to care that rodgers wants to make his ball HARDER to throw/hold/catch than the nfl requires.

    your team cheated. they got caught. man up and get over it.

  11. streetyson says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:41 AM

    Such a shame that, given Goofdell’s definition of improper ball-psi being a crime of the century, Aaron Rodgers (the only QB known to have crossed this line, and cheated for many years) will henceforth always have to be asterisked. Also a shame that Goofdell never even sent him as much as a warning letter, let alone any fine, suspension or picks, but continues to both defame and avoid Brady against whom NFL lawyer Nash admitted in court there was no evidence.
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    You sure are obsessed with Rodgers’ balls!!!

  12. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 20, 2017 10:38 AM

    Sounds like he’s trying to compensate for something.
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    Sounds like you’re talking from experience!!!

  13. As Robin Williams once said, “Big hands and big feet means

    big gloves and big galoshes.”

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