Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and he is a Super Bowl MVP, but at the same time he plays behind a pretty shaky offensive line and understands the rigors of taking hits constantly as a quarterback. As the NFL owners and the players continue to work through negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, one of the things that continues to get discussed is the possibility of an 18-game schedule. While some fans may want two extra regular season games, I don’t. There were so many injuries last year and so many guys playing late in the season that certain games were actually unwatchable. For these players to have to put themselves through two extra, meaningful NFL games prior to the playoffs even starting is not better for the league. In fact it is more detrimental to their health and the quality of the game.
Aaron Rodgers joined ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland with Tony Rizzo to talk about what it would’ve been like to be put on the cover of Madden, the fact that the Packers play on all the major holidays and how much that bothers him, how he feels about the schedule being released in the middle of a lockout, and how many games he expects to play in the regular season this year.
How much it would’ve meant to him to be put on the cover of Madden:
“I think it definitely would’ve been cool. It was a game that I played as a kid. Not really a game I play anymore, but I played as a kid growing up. I was able to keep up with it through my twitter. I know there were a lot of Green Bay fans that were voting against me because they believe in the so-called Madden curse, but I was following it for sure.”
Having to play on all the major holidays during the season:
“That kinda comes with the territory there. The NFL, you don’t get a chance to celebrate the Fall or Winter holidays. It’s just business as usual. I think it will be our third Thanksgiving game in seven years. We played on Christmas and New Years in 2005. At least we’re home on Christmas. That will be good, but its part of the NFL. It will be nice to have those national games as well.”
How odd it was that the schedule got released during a lockout:
“I do find it a little bit odd, but I think hopefully that’s a sign of optimism that we’re going to get something done. There’s too many people involved, obviously the players, coaches, and owners, but the fans and the communities that are affected by our lockout. Hopefully that means they’re optimistic that we’re going to get something done. In my off time, I’ve really been working out, getting back at it, and I’ve changed my offseason routine a little bit to focus pretty strongly on my diet and my body fat. Getting that to a place where I feel really good about my body. I’ve also been trying to play a little bit of golf as well.”
How many games he expects to play in the regular season:
“I hope there’s not 18. I’m optimistic and confident in the leadership on our side that we’re going to be able to get something done. There’s too many people affected like I said. You look at a community like Green Bay, those businesses that are around Lambeau and are in Green Bay, the hotels, stores, the restaurants, and bars are all really affected by a lockout, a prolonged lockout where we miss some time so I hope we consider them in this process and find a way to get something done that both sides can agree upon.”
What the best part is about winning a Super Bowl:
“My ring hopefully but I heard they put those on hold. I haven’t seen it yet. Because the memories at some point you kinda lose your memory and you always have the highlights to watch, but that ring is something you can look down, and not like I’m gonna wear it a lot, I don’t see myself doing that, but it’s just something you can look at and remember for that one day, that one year you were World Champions.”