Aaron Rodgers took a 'double nut shot' on his first interception, the Packers quarterback tells Pat McAfee on his Tuesday radio show

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Two days after the Green Bay Packers were blown out in the season opener, Aaron Rodgers returned to "The Pat McAfee Show" and owned his personal struggles in the 38-3 loss, addressed a "double nut shot" interception and gave the latest recommendation in the "Aaron Rodgers Book Club."

Rodgers, wearing a Chuck Norris T-shirt that read "America wasn't ready but he was," is appearing on McAfee's show every Tuesday afternoon on SiriusXM Radio. He provides insight into the previous game in a relaxed atmosphere where f-bombs and expletives are used as frequently as a Rodgers to Davante Adams completion. A.J. Hawk, Rodgers' former teammate in Green Bay, is McAfee's co-host.

Here are seven takeaways from Tuesday's conversation.

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So what the hell happened in Jacksonville, McAfee asked Rodgers right out of the gate. 

Rodgers said it "was one of those days" where if you play long enough you're going to have have one of those performances.

"We had one of those last year, too," Rodgers recalled, referencing a 38-10 road loss to Tampa Bay during the 2020 regular season. "A couple rough ones in Florida unfortunately. He said the few text messages he received after the game reminded him that the Buccaneers also lost to the New Orleans Saints, 38-3, last year and went on to win the Super Bowl. Rodgers said maybe that's "trying to make chicken salad out of chicken (expletive)."

He said the offense was "bad," and defensively "we couldn’t get off the field."

"It was 17-0 and we'd run 12 plays (near the end of the first half)," said Rodgers, who finished 15 of 28 with two interceptions and zero touchdowns. "One of those weird games where it seems like the clock is running the entire time and offense we weren't in a rhythm at all. We had a good drive (to start the second half) and then I throw a pick."

Rodgers' first interception was caused by a 'double nut shot'

Yes, let's talk about that interception. We know Rodgers doesn't like to throw interceptions. Before Sunday's game he only threw 89 in 6,587 passes. That's just one every 74 passes. In fact, he only threw two during the entire 2018 season. So what happened Sunday, especially that first one as the Packers were on the doorstep of scoring on the opening drive of the second half, trailing 17-3? The reigning NFL MVP explained it wasn't about anything X's and O's related.

"I don’t like to make a lot of excuses for interceptions, there’s some (expletive) ones, there’s some ones you wish you had back, there's some ones that really aren't your fault," Rodgers said.

But this interception, Rodgers explained, "was due to the double nut shot I took" before the pass.

"I guess I have to overcome that and throw a better ball," Rodgers continued as the co-hosts smirked. "That was a painful one. They got their money's worth on that one."

Rodgers said he feels "good" Tuesday and added he doesn't think he took many other shots in the game, for which he credited the offensive line.

He said the last time he wore a cup playing football was in the eighth grade. "Definitely thought about" wearing one again after Sunday, he added.

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"Yeah, I do," Rodgers said. "That’s why I’m back. I love the team. Feel good about everything that we’ve done in the offseason. Training camp was solid. We had good practices."

Rodgers called the loss "a good learning lesson for us." 

But he also recognizes a game like Sunday allows everyone on the outside to second guess decisions like "should we have played in the preseason" after the team got "its (expletive) whooped."

"Right now we’re taking it on the chin, which we should," Rodgers said. "Pretty soon it will be flipped. I’m confident and happy and excited and love these guys. I’m a competitor. Frustrated by myself and our performance. This game is about how you respond to the negativity usually more than how you’re hailed for your successes."

Aaron Rodgers recommended a biography on former Pat Tillman, who left the NFL to serve in the U.S. military after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Tillman died in 2004 of friendly fire.

Rodgers' book club continues with 'Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman'

Rodgers is taking his love of reading to the airwaves. Each week he is recommending a book to listeners to encourage more people to read and have deep conversations. Last week it was the fiction international bestseller "The Alchemist." This week it's Jon Krakauer's biography on Pat Tillman titled "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman." Tillman left the NFL following the 9/11 terrorist attacks to enlist in the Army. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan and died of friendly fire in 2004. Rodgers called the book "special" to him and said he had to go to Barnes & Noble to get his recent copy since he's given away the book so often.

Rodgers called Tillman "a deep thinker" and "an inspiration" to him.

Hawk said he grew out his hair earlier in his career to pay homage to Tillman.

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LaVar Burton hosted "Reading Rainbow" for 21 seasons on PBS. Given Rodgers' love for reading, a show like that to host would suit him well.

Rodgers, who hosted 'Jeopardy' earlier this year, would be happy to bring back 'Reading Rainbow'

Given his passion for reading, would he like to host a show about literature? LaVar Burton, one of the guest "Jeopardy" hosts over the last year along with Rodgers, hosted the popular "Reading Rainbow" on PBS across 21 seasons beginning in 1983.

Hawk asked Rodgers if all this reading talk is shade at Burton for wanting the "Jeopardy" job. Rodgers laughed.

"I'm a big 'Reading Rainbow' fan," Rodgers said. "I love Lavar Burton. If he got the 'Jeopardy' job that'd be awesome, that'd be great. If I got the 'Reading Rainbow' job that could be cool, too. Might bring it back."

"Reading Rainbow" has been off the air since 2006.

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Rodgers doesn't come out for pregame warm-ups anymore 

Rodgers referenced pregame situations, including warm-ups and chatting with players and coaches on the other team. Rodgers said if he would come out before next week's "Monday Night Football" game against Detroit, he joked he "might have to wear some knee pads." That's a reference to new Lions coach Dan Campbell, who said at his first news conference in January that "we're gonna kick you in the teeth, and when you punch us back, we're going to smile at you. And when you knock us down, we're gonna get up. And on the way up, we're going to bite a kneecap off." 

Rodgers might want to protect his kneecap in warm-ups but he also doesn't come out early much anymore because "I don’t feel like I need a lot of throws to get warm."

He added "a lot of times it turns into a hangout session ... I’d rather just stay inside go through my process, zen out, get some stretching, text A.J."

Hawk wanted to ask Rodgers how he felt being pulled from the game 

Hawk will likely bring up one more question about the Saints game to Rodgers next week. After Rodgers' interview ended, Hawk realized he wanted to ask Rodgers if he felt OK being replaced by Jordan Love with the game well out of reach.

We'll have to tune in next week to find out his answer.

Contact Christopher Kuhagen at (262) 446-6634 or christopher.kuhagen@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ckuhagen and our newsroom Instagram accounts at MyCommunityNow and Lake Country Now.

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