Aaron Rodgers tees it up again at Pebble Beach

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on February 9, 2017 – 9:46 am

170209-rodgers-golf-950Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is hitting the links once again with PGA Tour golfer Jerry Kelly for the 2017 Pebble Beach Pro-Am Thursday morning in California.

It’s the fourth time in five years the two-time MVP quarterback has teamed with the Madison native and three-time PGA Tour winner for the event.

They tee off Thursday at 10:39 a.m. CT on MPCC Shore, one of three courses used for the event, which features 156 professionals and 156 amateurs.

Rodgers and Kelly, who are paired with Scott Piercy and San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain, will play Spyglass Hill at 10:55 a.m. CT Friday and Pebble Beach at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The tournament is televised on the Golf Channel Thursday and Friday before coverage moves to CBS on Saturday and Sunday starting at 2 p.m. CT.

Other celebrities participating in the event include NHL great Wayne Gretzky, former MVP quarterback Peyton Manning, New England coach Bill Belichick, actors Bill Murray and Mark Wahlberg, and musician Huey Lewis.

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on cover of Sports Illustrated

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 17, 2017 – 9:40 am

QB Aaron RodgersGREEN BAY — Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is on the regional cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated following Green Bay’s last-second victory over the Cowboys in the NFC Divisional playoff.

Rodgers threw two TD passes and led the Packers to the game-winning field goal in Dallas with the ball at his own 25-yard line and just 35 seconds on the clock. The victory was Green Bay’s eight straight and sends the Packers to this Sunday’s NFC title game in Atlanta.

The cover headline says “The Rodgers Connection” followed by this subhead: “Arms. Legs. Mind. Heart. How the Packers Keep Running the Table”

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McCarthy feels good about Rodgers’ preparation

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 16, 2016 – 10:26 am

161216-rodgers-950GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers fully intends to play Sunday in Chicago, but exactly how much the Packers quarterback does in Saturday’s final practice remains uncertain.

Rodgers didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday after injuring his calf on the third offensive play in Sunday’s 38-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks, but should work on a limited basis Saturday.

“We’ll see. I would think he’ll take some reps,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “Actually just coming from quarterback meeting, we talked about some things that he needs to see in a limited fashion.”

McCarthy, then added: “I’m more worried about the snowstorm,” referring to the incoming 8-to-12 inches of snow that’s expected to fall on Green Bay between Friday and Saturday. McCarthy said the team hasn’t altered its travel plans to Chicago, though.

In lieu of practice, Rodgers has spent his week in the rehab program and dedicated more time to film study of the Bears. Based on Rodgers’ preparation, McCarthy said he doesn’t have any concern about his quarterback’s lack of on-field work.

“It’s been normal except for practice,” McCarthy said. “We still have the same structure in meetings. It’s been more pre-planning for the game than normal just because of the fact he’s not on the practice field, he’s in the treatment and able to watch more tape and more conversation going on Thursday and Friday than Friday and Saturday as how you feel the game is going to go.”

McCarthy said linebacker Nick Perry (hand) isn’t scheduled to practice on Saturday at this time, making it unlikely he’ll be ready to play Sunday in Chicago.

McCarthy added that running back James Starks remains in the concussion protocol. Linebacker Blake Martinez (knee) also is making progress after missing the team’s last two games.

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Captains selected for Sunday’s Packers-Cowboys game

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 16, 2016 – 10:25 am


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), S Morgan Burnett (defense) and WR Ty Montgomery (special teams).

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Aaron Rodgers reads ‘Superlatives’ on Jimmy Fallon

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on September 9, 2016 – 3:25 pm

160909-rodgers-tonight-show-950GREEN BAY — Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was back on NBC’s “Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon for this week’s “Superlatives” segment, which featured several NFL stars.

The segment involves players being “voted” as the winner of a random, fictitious category that often included the intro “most likely to” do something. Each player read the superlative over his official NFL headshot.

Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews previously read lines during the segment prior to the start of the 2015 regular season.

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Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson ‘ready to go,’ plus other key assistant coach comments

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 7, 2016 – 6:20 pm

160907-coordinators-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and offensive assistant coaches met with the media on Wednesday in the Lambeau Field auditorium. Here’s a sampling of key comments from each one:

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on using new RB Pressley on kick returns)

“That’s up to Coach and who’s up and who’s not. He obviously did some things in the preseason, a 106-yard return. That’s what we’re facing is returners with a lot of speed, and he’s one.”

(on new P Schum’s debut in KC)

“I thought he did a good job. He’s kicked in the National Football League and didn’t seem to have any issues. I was more focused on how he was with holding with Mason (Crosby), and that was fine. Once I saw that was going to be no issue, it was business as usual.”

(on the large number of returners)

“I don’t know if anybody really separated themselves, but we tried to get as many returns as we can. Our scheme is not going to change based on who’s back there.”

(on LS Goode’s return)

“Brett’s a professional. He’s done it for an awfully long time. You could tell on the first day he’s been working and working hard at it. I put him in some situations protection-wise and he handled them with no issues.”

(on Janis playing gunner with the club)

“Depends if he’s up. I’ve been impressed with the way he’s practiced. He wants to go and he’s going to do everything he can to go, and it’s up to (McCarthy and the doctors) what they say about that.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on Jaguars QB Blake Bortles)

“With the numbers he’s put up, you can see he’s a talented athlete and an ascending player. (Regarding his INTs) That’s part of the growth of any young quarterback. You go back to Peyton Manning’s numbers early in his career. He certainly grew from Year 1 to Year 2 and I’m sure he’s a lot more comfortable this year.”

(on keeping Matthews outside)

“Clay’s an outside guy. We have had, the whole time Clay’s been here, certain elements where he stems and moves. But Clay’s an outside guy.”

(on Jaguars WR Robinson)

“He’s an outstanding football player. He’s very good at the point of the catch. You’ll see him go up and battle to win the ball. He’s had big-play production for them.”

(on Peppers’ snaps)

“I like where Julius is in terms of starting the season. We’ll look week to week in terms of how many reps we want to get him.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on Taylor stepping in at LG)

“Definitely mentally tough. Very physical, and he’s been productive. He’s had a good training camp. We cleaned up a few things from training camp, and we’re looking forward to getting the season going.”

(on Callahan making it as third QB)

“When you see a guy put in the hard work, in the classroom, that’s the starting point, studying, asking questions, and then apply it on the practice field, and then you see him make those plays in the game, it’s exciting. It brings a smile to your face when you see a guy go out and truly accomplish that, and do it the right way.”

(on the No. 1 offense, with Rodgers getting little preseason work, Nelson none, new LG)

“We feel good from a practice standpoint where we’re at.”

Associate head coach/offense Tom Clements
(on the chemistry with Rodgers and Nelson)

“The whole team has had a good two days of practice. Aaron and Jordy are both included in that. They’ve been productive in practice. They look ready to go. They’ll be full-go, no doubt about that. Teams and players get better as the season goes along, but we’re going to try to be at peak performance the beginning of the year.”

(on Callahan making the team from D-III)

“He’s the kind of player who just has a knack to make things happen in a game. He can avoid the rush, make some throws on the run, make some big plays extending the play, things like that. It’s not the standard narrative. It just goes to show, it doesn’t matter how you got here. If you get here, do the job well and perform, we’re looking for guys that perform, and Joe certainly filled that bill.”

(on Taylor at LG)

“Lane’s one of those guys that’s made improvements each year he’s been here. He came out of college as more of a run blocker, but he’s developed good pass-blocking skills, so he’s a very solid player. When he played last year, he played well for us, so we’re very comfortable with him there.”

(on Cobb)

“Randall is not the biggest guy on our team, obviously, but he’s one of the tougher guys. He played through a lot of pain last year, and you have to take your hat off to him for that. He’s a dynamic player when he’s healthy. He’s experienced, he’s had a good camp, and hopefully he’ll have an outstanding year for us.”

Offensive line coach James Campen
(on his confidence in Taylor)

“(It’s from) the way he’s carried himself since Day 1 getting here. His growth has been terrific. Very diligent guy. Strong, powerful. He’s got all the physical traits, but his ability to process things and step in, as he did last year a few times, very confident in him.”

(on needing to settle things down after Sitton’s release)

“No. There’s a lot of maturity in that room. Certainly when you lose a friend and somebody moves on, but after a certain amount of time things get back to normal and everything’s fine.”

(on a leadership void without Sitton)

“I don’t think so. That leadership comes in very different forms. We have a lot of leaders in that room. It never has been one guy. Everyone needs to be themselves, be the way they are, and we go on. It’s never been about one guy. The room has never been that way.”

“Josh will be a special player in my heart. We were together eight years. He’s an outstanding football player, but this offensive line will be ready to go play Jacksonville.”

Quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt
(on the chemistry between Rodgers and Nelson)

“It’s exactly what you’d expect from guys who have worked together for a long time. It’s like riding a bike. It felt like they’re up to speed and ready to go.”

(on Callahan)

“He earned it on the field. Anytime you come into this system as a quarterback, there’s a lot expected, a lot you have to learn. He’s a football player. You don’t luck into throwing 130 touchdown passes in a college career.”

(on Rodgers)

“He’s focused. That’s the biggest thing. He’s getting into in-season mode. Our meetings are more intense, more involved. I can feel that energy he has and that command of our offense. I wouldn’t expect him to come out looking anything less than like himself.”

Wide receivers coach Luke Getsy
(on Nelson)

“I’m excited to see what he does on Sunday. He took a lot of reps this week. I think he looks pretty sharp. He jumped back in very well.”

(on facing CB Davon House, how the Jaguars will use him, and their DBs in general)

“We’ll be ready for anything they throw at us, no matter where they put him or any of the other DBs. They present a good challenge for us. I’m excited about it. Anytime you’re in our room, we look forward to the challenge of playing against good players. It should be a fun matchup.”

Tight ends coach Brian Angelichio
(on the chemistry between Rodgers and Cook)

“Each day we practice, you see a little bit more. You see Jared getting more comfortable. It’s a good start. It’ll progress as the season goes. Aaron is a great player, but you have to earn his trust and do your job.”

(on the possibilities with Cook)

“You get spoiled when you see it once, and you’re like why can’t we get it all the time. But that’s why we coach, why we practice. Certainly you get excited.”

Running backs coach Ben Sirmans
(on Lacy)

“How he looks, his fitness level and how he’s practicing, I would say he’s definitely ready to go.”

(on Burks making the 53 but then losing his spot right away)

“It’s tough, especially from the standpoint of how hard these guys work. Their career, the opportunity to play football could be over. You feel bad. I’ve been around it enough to see all sorts of scenarios happen with it.”

Other stories:

Spofford: Crosby working quickly with new holder

Hodkiewicz: Martinez, Ryan leading youth movement at inside LB

Hodkiewicz: Packers turn up the heat in preparation for Jacksonville

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LeBron James gives shout-out to Aaron Rodgers

Posted by Mike Spofford on June 14, 2016 – 6:23 pm

LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James compared facing the three-point shooting Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals to a game against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense. Specifically, James believes no lead is safe against such foes.

“The Warriors are really the toughest team to go against when you’re up,” James said earlier in the series, according to media reports, before the Cavs forced a Game 6 with a victory on Monday night while facing elimination. “When you’re up big on them, you’re really not up big. It’s almost like going against the Green Bay Packers. If you’re up a couple touchdowns versus Aaron Rodgers, you just know you can’t relax. Because one 60-yard bomb here and 70-yard connection here and now they’re right back in the game.”

James and teammate Kyrie Irving both scored 41 points on Monday night in Game 5, becoming the first teammates in NBA Finals history to top 40 points in the same game.

James’ Cavs trail the Warriors 3-2 in the best-of-seven championship series, with Game 6 slated for Thursday night in Cleveland. The Cavs’ two victories in the series have been by comfortable margins, as they’ve fended off the Warriors’ comeback attempts when Cleveland has possessed the lead, but those leads have been hard to get against the defending NBA champions. The Warriors are attempting to beat the Cavs in the finals for the second straight year.


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Aaron Rodgers ranks fourth in merchandise sales

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 25, 2016 – 10:09 am

QB Aaron RodgersGREEN BAY — Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ranks fourth in the NFL on the latest Top 50 list in merchandise sales as compiled by the NFL Players’ Association.

The list is based on total sales of all officially licensed merchandise for the 12-month period ending Feb. 29, 2016. Patriots QB Tom Brady is atop the list, followed by recently retired QB Peyton Manning, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, Rodgers and Cowboys WR Dez Bryant.

Three other Packers ranked in the top 50, with LB Clay Matthews at 18th, WR Jordy Nelson at 27th and RB Eddie Lacy at 39th.


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Aaron Rodgers shows off his trick-shot skills for charity

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on December 22, 2015 – 1:53 pm

Aaron Rodgers recently put his precision-passing skills to the ultimate test.

The Green Bay Packers QB teamed up with the guys at Dude Perfect, as well as Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and State Farm Insurance, to film a trick-shot competition video for charity. Rodgers was representing the MACC Fund, and was presented with a $25,000 check for the organization, which fights childhood cancer, at the end of the video.

Watch Rodgers’ impressive trick-shot performance here

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers currently fourth overall in Pro Bowl voting

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 9, 2015 – 1:14 pm

QB Aaron RodgersPackers QB Aaron Rodgers currently ranks fourth overall in the online fan voting for the Pro Bowl with only one week left for fans to vote.

New England QB Tom Brady has collected the most votes thus far (502,913), followed by Carolina QB Cam Newton (473,460), Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton (389,062), Rodgers (359,158) and New England TE Rob Gronkowski (355,271).

The Packers also have one player ranked in the top two in voting at his position, LB Clay Matthews. He has the second-most votes among all inside linebackers, behind only Carolina’s Luke Kuechly.

Voting continues until Tuesday, Dec. 15. Fans can vote by clicking here. The fan vote counts one-third in the selection process, with players and coaches casting their votes late next week. The Pro Bowl players will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 22, live on NFL Network.


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