It seems like Green Bay Packers injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t want Packers Nation thinking he isn’t tough.
Think about it, he had a tough act to follow in future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre and his legendary ‘iron man’ streak for consecutive games played, 297 regular season, 24 playoff games and 321 total games without missing a start.
My message to Rodgers would be this … relax, buddy. We got your back.
I think it was ridiculous sometimes when Brett played when he should have not even been on the game day active roster. Favre sort of ran the franchise and Coach Mike Sherman, and pretty much what Favre wanted, he got – including playing hurt.
There is no doubt Favre is probably the toughest QB to ever lace them up, but I have admired Rodgers for his willingness to take the doctor’s advice and sit. Yes, league protocol is now more en vogue now than when Favre played, but aside from that, Rodgers never seemed to worry about an iron man streak, and I say good for him.
I am glad “the organization” has been slow to get him back on the field, protecting Rodgers from himself. So he misses a few games when he is hurt, I would rather him do that and live to play another day as opposed to just being on the field out of shear stubbornness like Favre would do.
Favre also had an inner determination driven by the fact that once you get hurt you may never get back into the lineup – we all remember how he took Don Majkowski’s job and never gave it up.
I would also say this to Aaron, ‘Aaron we love you as a Packers Nation and you are the better quarterback between Favre and yourself,’ so don’t sweat it that you are missing games due to legit injuries. Get well and come out firing next week in Chicago if you are healthy and able to do so.
If you are not, we got your back, and whether it is this season or next, we all look forward to seeing you back on the field when there is no chance of re-injuring that nasty collarbone injury. You have absolutely nothing to prove, you are the best, you are tough as nails, and you are the best at your craft.