We all know it’s winding down on Aaron Rodgers Day. There have been fundraisers, people have made videos, rap songs have been written to honor the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, employers and employees dressed to the hilt in Green and Gold on a Wednesday.
So, to conclude our day here at Lombardiave.com, a few of us have put together some thoughts about Aaron Rodgers. This is a small tribute to a man who has brought us so many wins and so much joy in Packers Land. For that we can only say thanks.
So, without too much fanfare, here’s what we think. We hope you enjoy it.
My favorite things about Aaron Rodgers are not his physical abilities, although I appreciate them. His arm is strong and accurate. He quick and mobile enough to move around and stretch plays with his feet. He’s big enough and tough enough to stand up to hits. He’s tall enough that his height is not a constant point of contention. He has all the physical tools to play the game at the highest level.
12.12.12 – the day that marks “Aaron Rodgers Day.” If I am fair and honest I will admit that I think this is kind of funny. But good for him and good for the people of Wisconsin and Packers Nation!
Aaron Rodgers has been a model citizen and an incredible quarterback for the Green and Gold for the past eight years. Man … has it really been eight years already? And to think he has only actually really played in five of those years.
As much as anything, I think Aaron Rodgers Day is a tribute to not just Aaron Rodgers the quarterback, but the people of Wisconsin and Packers Nation. We love our Green Bay Packers, hands down, we live and breathe the Green and Gold. When a player, especially a quarterback, does right by us we put them on a pedestal and we honor and cherish them.
Let’s hope that Aaron, and I am quite sure he does, appreciates this. Not every NFL market is as special as Packers Nation.
Go Pack Go and Go Aaron Go!
I’ve been a Packers fan as long as I can remember … and I’ve been remembering for a long time! As a young boy of 5, I sat on my dad’s lap and watched the very early 1960s Lombardi Packers on our black and white television.I grew up to the incredible moments we all suffered through during the final seconds of the Ice Bowl, those first two Super Bowl wins, the downward slide through the 70s and 80, the re-emergence of the franchise in the 90s and the continued dominance up and through the first decade of the 2000s.
What Aaron Rodgers has brought to this franchise is stability, not just because he wins, but because he is simply a good guy. With Bart Starr-like humility and a Brett Favre like gun for an arm, he brings athleticism and intelligence to the game. Putting it simply, he is the model of what a quarterback should be – even more so than Brady or either Manning. He is the epitome of what the Green Bay Packers franchise stands for – hard work and hometown goodness.
There have been many moment that have defined Aaron Rodgers: His patience in toiling behind Brett Favre; his emergence as the starter when the Packers parted ways with Favre; his first season difficulties; his leadership that put the Packers back into the Playoffs and the team’s incredible comeback and tumultuous loss to the Cardinals in that 2009 Playoff; and his incredible performances in leading the Packers to a Super Bowl Championship in 2010.
But to me, the ah-ha moment for me came in that 2007 game in Dallas when Favre went down and Rodgers saw his first opportunity and nearly brought the Packers back from the depths of a humiliating performance .
Favre started that game and was terrible, completing 5 of 14 passes for 54 yards and 2 interceptions before getting hurt. Rodgers came in and moved the team, was sharp in his passing and though the Packers ended up losing 37-27, it wasn’t through the fault of Rodgers. In a game when he was sacked three times because of a poor showing by the offensive line, he still completed 18 of 26 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown. He had no interceptions.
To me, this was Aaron Rodgers’ coming out party. It was the night when he showed his skills and leadership and gave us a peek at the future. I will never forget it.
Thanks, Aaron for all you have given us over the years. It all started for me on that night when you showed all of America the real Aaron Rodgers.
Keep it going … and happy Aaron Rodgers Day!