GREEN BAY — Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on Friday the Packers are a “loose and confident bunch” as they finish their preparations to head to Seattle for the NFC Championship.
“We’re in a good frame of mind,” Rodgers said in his final address to the media prior to Sunday’s game, sporting a Butte College football sweatshirt and a Pleasant Valley High School baseball cap, representing two of his key roots. “Fridays are relaxing days for our bodies physically. We have a re-gen program to get our bodies back. A heavy mental day. Everybody is finishing up and getting ready to take off.”
Rodgers expects to have to deal with his calf injury the same this week as he did last week. He said it feels pretty good now but he knows he’s going to be in pain during the game.
“It was painful the entire game (against the Cowboys),” he said. “It’s something I knew was going to have to deal with during the week. In warmups, nothing really loosened up. It was just dealing with the pain, pain management and being smart about it.”
As for comments from Seattle defenders on Thursday that they weren’t “buying” that Rodgers was actually hurt?
“Between them and (ESPN’s) Adam Schefter, I don’t know if I need to say anything about my calf,” Rodgers said. “Those are all the updates you need.”
The topic of Charles Woodson’s famous speech following the 2010 NFC Championship in Chicago came up, and Rodgers complimented Woodson on his ability to focus the team at key moments. He said several players have taken their turn doing so this year, but it hasn’t just been the playoff captains. He also mentioned right guard T.J. Lang as a very vocal leader of the team, along with fellow guard Josh Sitton.
It will be Julius Peppers’ turn to address the team before Sunday’s game, and Rodgers said he’s fine with not being the final pep talk man.
“I’m not a big rah-rah guy,” he said. “I pick and choose my spots, and I’ll bring my passion on the field.”
Rodgers made no secret of his desire to take advantage of this shot at another Super Bowl, calling this the time “you cement your legacy” as he proceeds into the second half of his career. That decorated QB career will continue with Head Coach Mike McCarthy and GM Ted Thompson under contract.
“You look at the things we did this fall. We re-signed Mike, we re-signed Ted,” he said. “We’re set up to do something special, and it would be great to add a couple more trophies.”
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