Vikings receiver Greg Jennings today called his critical off-season comments about Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers a joke.
What was Rodgers' response today in the locker room?
"You know, anything thatís said by individuals or pundits out there who arenít in this locker room, I think I can speak for the guys, they donít really factor into our day-to-day lives and we donít spend energy thinking about those comments," said Rodgers. "We try and stay focused on the guys in this locker room, on this team, and what we have to do to get this team ready to play. Thereís always going to be people out there saying stuff about myself, this team, or Mike or Ted. I think weíve done a good job over the years just staying focused on what we can control and thatís our preparation and the way we play on Sunday.
When asked if he has hard feelings toward Jennings, Rodgers said: "Again, I donít get into what is said out there about myself. Thereís been plenty of stuff over the years since I was drafted, to when I was a first-year starter and we went 6-10, thereís always going to be things said and you just canít focus on them. You can drive yourself crazy if you look at that stuff or read stuff out there. With the way my life is right now and my job as a leader on this football team and quarterback, I just donít have the energy to spend time thinking about those things."
Rodgers was then asked how he remembers things that he uses as motivation, but can forget comments Jennings made. His response:
"I didnít say anything about forgetting. I just said focusing. Itís about what you should spend energy focusing on and thinking about and worrying about. Those are things that are important to this team. Those comments by anybody out there, just arenít important to what weíre trying to do. Weíre trying to do some great things here, our team is. Thatís what weíre going to focus on and that as a leader is what Iím going to focus on."