Richard Rodgers enjoys pregame catch with father
Aaron Rodgers only threw three incompletions Sunday, so they were easy to remember. One stood out above the rest.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback had rookie tight end Richard Rodgers open across the middle. From the 16-yard line, it would've been his fourth touchdown of the game, but the rookie's first.
Instead, with a 35-3 lead, Aaron Rodgers overthrew his tight end.
"I'm going to be thinking about the one to Richard there for a while. Disappointed about that," he said. "… To be honest, I really wanted to get him a touchdown playing against his dad on the other side, and just to get Richard his first touchdown. He hasn't had one yet. Missed that one a little bit.
"Be honest, I thought the wind was going to hurt it a little bit more, but the ball kind of came out good and missed him by a couple yards."
Richard Rodgers' dad – Richard Rodgers Sr. – is the Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator. On Sunday, they played against each other for the first time on a football field.
Senior and Junior had fun with their matchup. Last week, Junior said he beat his father for the first time in a one-on-one basketball game in high school. They hadn't competed against each other since.
Sunday started a winning streak when the Packers trounced the Panthers 38-17. Before kickoff, Junior said his father offered standard words of encouragement.
"He told me good luck," Junior said. "That's pretty much it. He didn't really say too much about anything."
Junior caught one pass for 1 yard Sunday. Afterward, he gave his No. 89 jersey to his dad. At some point, father and son will relieve the game together. It's the moment they spent on the field before kickoff they'll remember for years.
Like a scene from Field of Dreams, Richard Sr. and Junior tossed the football for a game of catch.
"I think I'll definitely always remember that moment," Junior said. "It's a special moment. Not a lot of people get that opportunity. I'm just glad we got to share that today."
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