Today should be the only quiet day of the week before Bears-Packers hysteria of epic proportions ramps up. So I’ll try to keep the rhetoric on the rivalry as light as possible on this day.
I have always had strong feelings about Aaron Rodgers, feelings that are changing based on his actions, and I thought it would be fair to share them. Interesting that my opinion has differed from another good friend that is a contributor to this blog, but I’m moving in his direction.
As most of us know, Rodgers fell in the 2005 draft to the 20′s, where the Packers took him after Utah’s Alex Smith was selected with the top overall pick. Nice work 49ers!
I admit that with all the talk of his flaws, coupled with the fact that he was lost for the season to injury in 2006 after taking just a couple of snaps in garbage time, made me think that he was going to ensure the Packers had a bad starting quarterback for the first time since the 1980′s.
How wrong I was…and until just recently I was able to tell people how much I really admired Rodgers for facing adversity and proving everyone wrong. And I liked that he seemed like a real good person. Contrast this with others I know that hate him not only for being a Packer, but seeing more of the smugness that I have somehow not noticed.
But as Rodgers’ success has grown, I have noticed him becoming more and more abrasive on the field after scoring touchdowns, with his overdramatic fist-pumps and championship belt-buckle routine and all that. Granted, he should be happy and excited for playing well and scoring, but the more success he has, the more he begins to emulate Lord Favre and his over the top celebrations.
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t care what I think of him, but I think it’s interesting that the Packers actually had a quarterback I liked regardless of the success he’s been having with my biggest rival, but by his own actions he’s losing me.
Jay Cutler has the reputation of being a jerk. I’m not saying he is a jerk, I don’t know him so I have no way of making that claim. But sure, he comes off as a jerk to the media, and he doesn’t care. At least we know that he’s fine with coming off as a jerk and the fans in Chicago aren’t defending his public persona for anything less than it is. He’s our jerk and no one on our side will try to sugarcoat that.
And you know what? When Cutler scores, he generally spikes the ball once and heads back to the sideline. No taunting or showing for the world that he’s better than anyone else.
A few months ago I would have told anyone that would ask that I admire Rodgers more as a person than my guy, Jay Cutler. I didn’t think that would change for anything. But by Rodgers’ actions, it’s changing.
And I know Rodgers wouldn’t care if he knew, and it doesn’t matter. But I have the right to say it.
Let’s Go Bears.