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Aaron Rodgers: I'm blessed to be in Green Bay

Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
 
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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made an appearance on ESPN's "Jim Rome is Burning" television show on Thursday. Here are some snippets from that interview: On whether he has moved beyond getting snubbed in the draft and surviving the circus surrounding Brett Favre's departure:† "I feel like this season has been kind of closing the chapter of maybe my early years of my career. Itís been a great start. Iím blessed to be in Green Bay. Everything thatís gone on here both positively and negatively, I think Iíve grown into the kind of person I am today and the player I am today, Iíve learned a lot and really grown on and off the field, so everything that happened (has) definitely turned out to be a positive. Iím glad Iím here and I think weíre kind of closing that chapter of the early years of my career and hopefully we can reach all of our goals this season and for many more years to come." On whether the Packers are Super Bowl good: "I kind of stay away from that talk, realizing that weíre only going into Week 14 here. †Weíre a game back in the division. Our first goal is to win (the) NFC North. We have a† tough stretch in front of us. Weíve got to go to Detroit this weekend, we have New England and the Giants and then finish up with the Bears, so itís a tough stretch these last four weeks and thatís our immediate goal and after that, anything can happen." On whether the Packers can achieve their goals with their current running game: "Well, we had a better game this last week. James Starks really stepped up. He did a very good job for us. 73 yards for him and John Kuhn has been a steady guy for us, plugging him in in spots in the red zone, catching the ball out of the backfield. Brandon Jackson obviously and Demitri Nance are going to have to be part of that running game as well. And then Iíve done a little bit myself of moving around the pocket and getting some positive yards. But I still feel like, even if the weather gets real bad here in Green Bay that we can still use that short passing game as extended handoffs and still pass the ball effectively." On Donald Driver's 61-yard touchdown catch against San Francisco on Sunday: "One of the most amazing plays Iíve ever been a part of. Just a tribute to Donald, 35 years old and still playing at a really high level for us." On the Packers' throwback uniforms: "Uh, well you know what, I was excited to be in the throwbacks. I like the color scheme, a similar color scheme to what I wore at Cal and in high school. I wasnít overly crazy about the circle on the front of the jersey. And if they really wanted to be retro, maybe no name on the back , and also the shoes, you know, weíre blue, with yellow, with brown helmets and black and white shoes just didnít really fit the whole get-up there. ...† but thankfully we were able to overcome our uniforms on Sunday." On why he's been playing so well over the past month: "I think itís a conscious effort of Mike (McCarthy) finding ways to get me in a good rhythm early in the game. Weíve been doing a great job of using our short passing game as kind of an extended handoff. And the other big reason is Greg Jennings. Heís had an incredible stretch here the last four, five games of just putting up big numbers and making big-time plays for us. I think (thereís) definitely more of an effort on my part to get him going early in the game to find ways to get him the ball over the top and heís made some incredible plays for us the last four, five weeks and weíve kind of gotten into a little bit of rhythm offensively."

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