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Aaron Rodgers won’t play in Pro Bowl

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 15, 2013 – 3:12 pm

Aaron Rodgers

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on Tuesday that he will not play in this year’s Pro Bowl due to injuries.

Rodgers didn’t get into many details, but he said he didn’t pass his physical. He specifically mentioned an ongoing ankle issue. He was also kicked in the calf back in Week 6 in Houston and noted how painful that was.

The only other Packers currently on the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster are LB Clay Matthews and C Jeff Saturday, but alternates could still be named to the team over the next week.

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56 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers won’t play in Pro Bowl”

  1. By pkrbkr4ever on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Aaron does’nt want to play “flag” football, and I don’t blame him ! After the first 2 minutes of the game last year, I turned it off and will never watch another one again. What a joke and an embarressment for the entire league !

  2. By dan on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    yup, the probowl has turned into a joke. Id rather watch Gilligans Island reruns.

  3. By Eyeball Sohard on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    I wouldn’t want to play either. But it would nice to see him behind a real o line.

  4. By Todd on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    I understand not wanting to play because of what the Pro Bowl has turned into but I am sure his calf will not keep him from taking long walks on a beach somewhere enjoying a nice long vacation. Come on Aaron come up with a better excuse than that.

  5. By Jean on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Aaron deserves a rest! Give him a break! We want him healthy for the 2013 season.

  6. By Sockettuem on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Rodgers has no desire to play in this game and I do not blame him. It is essentially a meaningless game that is play with rules so restrictive you may as wel have the players in hammocks signing autographs. It would attract a bigger crowd.

  7. By Deadcheese on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Rodgers doesn’t need to give anyone any excuses. He did his job THE ENTIRE SEASON and the Pack lost in the divisional round, again. If anyone needs to come up with excuses, it’s Tramon Williams (not that I’m pointing fingers or trying to change the subject). Anyway, Rodgers deserves to have time to himself. He’s the Pack’s MVP, he’s been voted to numberous pro-bowls and has won SB MVP. He’s even set league records that I can’t see being broken for a long, long time. He doesn’t need to do anything in the offseason that doesn’t contribute to the Pack winning another championship. He’s done his part so, IMO, take whatever time you need off, Rodgers, and whenever the offseason officially begins, then we’ll look forward to watching the best QB in the league get ready to light teams up again (if the O-line gives him enough time to, that is). Again, not pointing fingers or anything.

  8. By Deadcheese on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Lol @ players in hammocks hahaha. Nice.

  9. By Mike from Chicago on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    After Aaron’s complaints last year about the quality of play at the PB, this doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s unfortunate that the PB has come to this. At least getting named to the PB is still an honor, too bad the game sucks!!

    Aaron, you don’t need excuses, just simply say you are not interested.

  10. By Big Cheese on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    The Blow Bowl is a joke. And who would doubt Rodgers may have some injury issues; look how many times his O-Line let him get drilled this year. Hope to see some adjustments to the team next season, a Rodgers type player doesn’t come around very often.

  11. By chang yang on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    pro bowl is a joke, good that Rodgers doesn’t take part of it.

  12. By scott on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Good…Get your receivers and get in the weight room..You want to win another Super Bowl? Start now!

  13. By scott on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t waste your career like Favre did “not having to prove anything to anyone” Also, Why go for a home run ball on a 3rd and 7 when you have the whole side of the field open to run for it? The other QB ran for it, and got it. Move the chains,move the chains,move the chains..What is wrong with that? Remember Atlanta in 2010. Lethal when on the move..Move around then!

  14. By JT on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    @scott Ever since the ankle injury popped up on the reports he sharply decreased his number of runs. I’m pretty sure it had a major impact on the decision to air it out instead of run for the first down. Preserve the chance to throw again versus risking further injury. I’d rather have our QB 100% next season.

  15. By Dennis on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    There is something wrong with the Packers Blog comment section! IT DOESNT SHOW WHAT I WRITE!! LOLL! PLEASE FIX!! THANK YOU

  16. By Polish Prophet on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    @Dennis. It’s not broke. Packers.com just doesn’t like you.

  17. By Laurie on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Dont forget he was sacked 52 times this year… More than any other qb. I can imagine he is pretty sore and beat up. Take the time to heal and rest…come back next season stronger and better than ever! Go PACK GO!!!

  18. By Jeff on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Let the man rest up, he did more than his share this year carrying the team through most of it, aside from the pee-wee football O line he had “protecting” him that is. Seriously those guys should buy him his vacation for the punishment he took from their terrible play.

  19. By Shawn on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Rodgers wont want to play for the Packers either when his contract is up. Apparently they dont want to win Either! EITHER FIRE CAPERS OR BRING IN FREE AGENTS!!! YOUR DRAFT AND DEVELOP BS AINT WORKING. Rodgers want to play for WINNERWS! Not repeat another Favre legacy.

  20. By jb on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    have not watched one in 20 years.

  21. By Brooke on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t mind the Pro Bowl being a joke. I just enjoy one last chance to see some of my favorite team members have some fun. Too bad he isn’t going, but I understand why he doesn’t want to…injury or not LOL!!!!

  22. By souza, renato on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    what? pro bowl? you must be joking

  23. By sslique on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    He doesn’t want to play, I don’t want to watch, a perfect combination for a non-athletic contest.

  24. By Jason on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Rodgers is just trying to be humble. Any true packer fan knows, he is already working on next season. He has that type of work ethic. Earlier in this thread, I seen someone blaming Tramon Williams for things that happened this season. Remember that he was always on the opposing teams best wide out and did a damn good job.

  25. By Mike from Chicago on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Shawn, please let us know what “your” team is so we can compare records for say the past 15 years. Odds are pretty good that the Packers record over the past 15 years is better than yours, evidence enough that the draft and develop strategy works for the Packers.

    And how much money are you willing to put on the fact that AR WILL renew his contract with the Packers when it is up? Obviously you don’t have a clue about AR or the Packers organization, otherwise you wouldn’t say such foolish things.

  26. By terry on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I think he wants to get away from McCarty’s pay calling!!!!

  27. By terry on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Make that play calling!!!!

  28. By Joe on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Rogers is tired of football for this year, when your team gets beat out of the playoffs it’s time to take some R & R time, I know I would.. The NFL is a tough game and it’s pretty hard getting off your back side 52 times a year.. I don’t blame Rogers from wanting to skip this fiasco that they call the Pro-Bowl…

  29. By chibiabos on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I hope all the Packer players turn it down. A very demeaning exercise! Not worthy of the time to watch it.

  30. By Montanapackfan on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Hey big cheese you are so right….ar was sacked more times than groceries again this year….need some o line help

    Roll on green roll on

  31. By MarcieMae on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Rest up, Aaron. No one deserves it more. I’ll definitely miss seeing you play in the Pro Bowl. It’s a LONG time until August. In the meantime, watching Packer YouTubes will have to suffice. At least one good thing in the post-season, Seattle lost.

  32. By Dave Erdmann on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Why can’t we play the Superbowl one week earlier and the pro bowl the week after? Maybe we could see the full compliment of all-stars going all out.

  33. By Joe on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    It used to be that way.. The way they have changed the time and not having any of the SB players in the game has taken a lot away from the game..
    The change of rules in the PB have made it kind of like a run shoot game and that also has taken away from the game itself.. I can also understand no one wants injuries in a game like this either, it’s just a money thing, it’s all about money now days, so they will continue to play a game that really doesn’t mean much..

  34. By Duh on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Too bad, I would have liked to see first round elimination royalty, the kings of one-and-done, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers square off for supremacy in an entirely meaningless game.

  35. By call me mom47 on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Right on Terry, McCarthy needs a new laminated face cover and Aaron needs to rest his bruised and battered body.

  36. By Raymond on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah- the Pro-Bowl should be eliminated unless held after the Super Bowl. It’s like the NHL All-Star game- no checking- just be a ‘gentleman’ on the ice or in football, on the field. Hey- football is a rough sport- why ‘soften’ it?

  37. By Adam on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    I wouldn’t let Aaron play in that game..way to valuable!!!

  38. By airpacker12 on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply


  39. By Junior on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    i said this once and i will say it again the packers will never win another super bowl ever!!! with the way the o-line is giving up sacks but not rushing yards, and also the defense giving up over 500 yards of total offense in the divisional round and also over 400 yards of rushing to AP….. And a stubborn head coach who wants to keep a DC that is slacking on calling effective defensive schemes. So again people i love the pack i really do but i really dont see them winning another super bowl for a very long time. probably in the future with another head coach and QB.

  40. By Kathy Pennington on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    Aaron is tired and somewhat beat up. He deserves some time to lolligag on the beach and feel better. He has performed to the best of his ability in every game and has sacrificed himself to other teams defense too many times. He has done a magnificent job carrying the team so let the guy enjoy some down time!!

  41. By Gordon on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    Aaron to a team that wants to win.is contract and go should play out h

  42. By Natinael on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    SORRY of Aaron rodgers

  43. By packfan1948 on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    The pack needs to address the offensive line this off season. Protecting Rodgers is the main item to fix. Also they need to resign Greg Jennings. He was hurt this year, but if he stays healty and works out during the off season he should come back with a vengance. Defense needs to step up and stop giving up so many yards to opposing teams. If they can fix those two big issues I can see them going all the way in 2013.

  44. By toplesscorvette on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    Enjoy the Super Bowl from your couch crybaby. Go Niners.

  45. By toplesscorvette on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    Clay Mathews: Enjoy the Super Bowl with your Fatheads. Kaepernick made
    you look like Curly of The Three Stooges. Soooo funny that I had to watch the game three times. Go Niners!!

  46. By pattyman on Jan 20, 2013 | Reply

    Go niners?? niners are’nt going anywhere. We’ll see who looks like the stooges.

  47. By phillip boll on Jan 20, 2013 | Reply

    pathetic 69ers fan acting like a little brat…nothing worse than a person who taunts after a win…just like an immature bozo

  48. By Don on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    PRO Bowl is a waste. Why have it before the Super Bowl and Expect people to play in it. Makes no sends. I don;t watch it anyway.

  49. By Don on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    I Meant makes no sense

  50. By lovesfootball on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Packers suck and are yesterday’s news….one and done, get used to it suckers!!

  51. By keith on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply


  52. By Sean on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Pro bowl is not a joke!! I disagree. I kind of find it shame that he is dropping out. The pro bowl is supposed to be a reward game for the best players, and of course its gonna be flag like, what player would want to get hurt.

  53. By shawn stackin breAd on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    pro bowl is a JOke and a -rodge needs a break

  54. By john ackerson on Jan 27, 2013 | Reply

    I am not suprised at the sudden missing players at the Pro Bowls recently. I am fully aware of the “price” of injuries, and the reason to play due to the respect of the “Best of the Best” game. And I agree with the majority of the other GBP fans that the past Pro Bowls have been very disappointing. I wish Rodgers could have told the media that he didn’t want to play touch football. I watched the Pro Bowl this year and it was actually good! I saw respect for the great game we all remember watching as a kid. I think the players this year, along with the coaches and refs, deserve an aplause for not playing like a bunch of pansies!

  55. By Bill on Jan 27, 2013 | Reply

    Considering the many physical difficulties encountered,coaching aside,I think The Pack had a great season. The ticket holders certainly got their money’s worth. Those that follow the team on TV should have no complaints. The Packer Management provided quality entertainment at a very high level. My preseason pick was a 10-6 record. It will be near the same for 2013 as there are too many question marks and the draft can’t fill them all.
    I have a nagging thought: wonder what kind of contract that a team like the Jets would offer if Aaron Rodgers went the free agency route?

  56. By Gordon on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    Pro Bowl recognition is special but as tough a game as you play I can see how it takes all the healing time you can get to do what you do. Hope you recover soon and look forward to watching you and the rest of THE PACK next season.

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