Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers “We got a shot at something special here in the next 4 or 5 years.”February 8, 2011 – 8:00 am by Steven Cuce
With a three touchdown performance compiling 304 yards along with 111.5 quarterback rating, Aaron Rodgers was throwing darts yesterday. His performance was the difference in 31-25 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rodgers was named Super Bowl XLV MVP, thus putting him in American royalty. Number twelve for the Pack has now officially become an elite, superstar, NFL quarterback. That title can never be relinquished as he joins an exclusive clubs of MVP’s with the likes of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady just to name a few.
Much has been made of Aaron Rodgers ascension to the top of quarterback mountain after being the forgotten draft pick in the 2005 draft being selected number twenty-four overall out of University of California, Berkeley. Rodgers proved all the doubters wrong here in the early going of his career showing General Manager, Ted Thompson’s, decision to move on with him over Brett Favre was the right one in the summer of 2008. The Lombardi trophy is back where it belongs in “Title Town” marking Green Bay’s 4th one in the organization’s history and first since 1996-97.
Aaron Rodgers joined ESPN Radio on The Herd with Colin Cowherd from the back of a limo at Disney World to discuss what does winning the Super Bowl mean to him, what did he say to his receivers after they dropped multiple passes on him throughout the course of the game, was he nervous at all going into Super Sunday, is he prepared for American superstardom after winning the Super Bowl and being named MVP and does he think the Packers are poised to be a dynasty.
You’re a team guy. You’re a community guy, but for one second today what does winning the Super Bowl mean for you?
“I think it just means that it’s the culmination of a long season, a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication, a great journey we went on as a team and we achieved our goal.”
You had few pinpoint passes that were dropped on you in the Super Bowl. Did you say anything to your receivers after they dropped passes on you or do you move on?
“There’s not a whole lot you can say. I’m not a big, you know… I’m not an “in-your-face” kind of guy. I’m not gonna show a guy up out there. I just think it’s important to keep working on getting guys the ball. Jordy [Nelson] had a big drop there in the 4th quarter, but when we needed him [Jordy Nelson], 3-and-10, 38-yard catch-and-run, he mostly did on his own. You gotta keep feeding those guys. They’re talented guys. Physical mistakes are going to happen that’s part of the game, but the mental mistakes are the one’s that are inexcusable because that means there’s a lack of preparation or a lack of dedication. With physical mistakes they are going to happen. You have to just roll with it and try to stay positive and getting guys the ball.”
In the biggest game of your career you would think there would be butterflies. Were you nervous at all going into the game?
“Ugh…not really. I felt very confident all week about our preparation. You know and about the fact that if we would could block up front on Harrison [James] and Woodley [LaMarr] we could really make some hay down-field to our guys. I was confident I was going to play well. I expected to play well. It was a little hyped up I think in the first quarter. The first couple of throws I usually hit, really once I settled into the game it was a feeling of…just a matter of my progression because there were guys open all over the field.”
Are you prepared for American superstardom after winning the Super Bowl and being named MVP?
“Honestly probably not. Not yet. I think I get some of that in Green Bay already, but I’m a guy who enjoys his private life and enjoys still doing the things he likes to do. I know you know I don’t want to have to change, but it might be a little different now that a couple of people probably watched last night’s game. You know maybe even people like yourself might actually be fans of me now. I might get a little more attention when I’m out and about.”
Does it feel like the Green Bay Packers are poised for a big run in the future to win multiple Super Bowl titles?
“It really does. We have a great window. A lot of young guys signed. I really feel like we’re going to reload. We’re going to add back in my opinion the best tight-end in the league in Jermichael Finley, who was hurt most of the season. We’re bringing back Ryan Grant, who’s been a solid contributor for us. We’re gonna add guys to the mix who have been out. Morgan Burnett started for us at safety. You know we got a lot of guys who are going to be coming back, so I like our chances. I like the guys we got. You know in the personnel department we brought in a lot of guys off the street who are big contributors for us. Get those guys signed. Get those guys back. Bring back our injured reserved players and we got a shot at something special here in the next 4 or 5 years I think.”