Even with Aaron Rodgers' first pass in his professional career, he showed great promise. Raymond T. Rivard photograph
Aaron Rodgers – his name has become the franchise. But it wasn’t always that way. Remember when he was just the backup to a guy by the name of Brett Favre?
But even in those early years when he was toiling as the backup to Favre, he had his supporters and those who believed he had what it took to become one of the best in the league.
Today’s look back in Packers history courtesy of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame considers Aaron Rodgers and how he rose from the bench to become one of the most successful in team history.
Aaron Rodgers Earns Positive Reviews
May 7, 2006 - Two members of the Packers’ new coaching staff come away impressed with the play of Aaron Rodgers. Offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski and head coach Mike McCarthy are generous in their praise of the second-year quarterback during a three-day, four-practice minicamp. “I was really pleased with Aaron,” Jagodzinski says. “Absolutely. His arm strength. The way he got that thing out. And his deep ball was good. Jagodzinski’s comments come a day after McCarthy said: “His (Rodgers’) movement qualities are something I don’t recall seeing a lot of in college. I think Aaron moves a lot better and is a lot better athlete than what people realize.”
An award-winning journalist and photographer, Rivard has been editor of two weekly newspapers in northern Wisconsin for the past 23 years. His love of the Green Bay Packers and his drive to reach out to all Packers fans moved him to write columns for select websites in the mid- to late-1990s under the pen name of Apackphan. The opportunity to continue with lombardiave.com has brought him to this page where he has been laboring for the past 2-plus years. Getting back into blogging has allowed Rivard to continue to follow the team with renewed interest.