Aaron Rodgers Light: The Packers Quarterback Dislikes Sweaty Centers with Poor “Butt Height” and Really Wants Pacquiao to Fight Mayweather

May 10, 2012 – 7:00 am by Brad Gagnon

Eli Manning hosted “Saturday Night Live” last weekend, but it seems as though it’s only a matter of time before NBC gives Aaron Rodgers a shot to take the stage at 30 Rock. The Packers quarterback has a sneaky sense of humor.

Aaron Rodgers joined Cabral “Cabbie” Richards on the Cabbie Presents: The Podcast on TSN Radio to talk about a series of topics that had very little or nothing to do with football. He explained what it’s like golfing with Michael Jordan, praised Tony Romo’s golf game, broke down why Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have to fight, listed a hypothetical entourage for if he were ever a boxer and explained why butt height and sweat ratio are the key components to quality centers. Clearly, the majority of the interview was tongue-in-cheek, so feel free to listen to the audio for greater context.

Why he didn’t host “Saturday Night Live” this offseason:

“I had three really important weddings this year that either I was in or as close friends, kind of all over the country, and the dates just didn’t match up. So hopefully I get the invite again. The NBC people have been great. I enjoy just at least having the opportunity to think about doing it. But that’s something I’d like to do at some point.”

On golfing with Michael Jordan:

“I’ve been fortunate enough to play with him now four rounds. And the first round I played with him, it was more just hoping that there would be some sort of conversation. And now I consider Michael a friend, which is incredible for me because he was one of my favorite sports athletes growing up. … It’s been fun now that I’ve started my own career and have gotten to know him a little bit through this last seven years. And he’s a lot of fun. I really enjoy our conversations and enjoy the opportunity to spend time with him. He’s a very down-to-earth guy with me and he’s given me a lot of time, conversation, advice. So it’s been a lot of fun any chance I get to spend a little time with him.”

On if he might be the best golfer in the NFL, or if Tony Romo takes that crown:

“Not a chance. Tony’s gotta be in the mix. I’d be surprised if anybody can consistently beat him. He plays in the Tahoe tournament like I do every year and I think he’s finished runner-up the last three years, and I’m still trying to bump in the top 20 here.”

On the need for a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather:

“They need to make that fight happen. I just saw something on TV that said Mayweather’s 80/20 retiring — I don’t believe that when he can make $40 million for one fight. He’s got 32 plus his proceeds from the sales, which had to be enormous. They gotta make that Pacquiao thing happen. Pacquiao agreed to the drug testing — let’s get this fight going. That’s what boxing needs. Every year on the (Kentucky Derby weekend) the last four years, it’s coincided with a big major fight . . . but it’s always a little disappointing because, as a fan of boxing, you wanna see a knockdown. At least a knockdown. It doesn’t have to be a knockout, but at least a couple guys on the canvas. That’s what I like about UFC — more often than not there’s gonna be a submission or a knockout or something where they’re gonna have to stop the fight. Boxing — especially the major fights the last few years — just hasn’t really done that I think for the viewer.”

On who his entourage would be if he were to walk into the ring for a fight:

“I don’t know if I can give you any names, but it’d have to be just two big, humongously buff black dudes. And then three or four good-looking chicks. … We gotta put the ladies out front, and the two big black dudes on either side of me as my, like, security. But they’d be like famous dudes or just super buff.”

On Jeff Saturday having the perfect “butt height” for a center:

“There’s two main components that a center needs to have, and it’s not quickness or agility or snapping or anything. It’s two things: One, he has to have a good height, and I’m talking about where his butt rests. It can’t be too low because I don’t wanna get deep in that stance and it can’t be too high so I feel like I’m standing up. It’s gotta be just right. He’s got that.”

On how he measures butt height:

“It’s a feel. My center in college was about my height and he’s real low in his stance. So it made me have to kinda duck down a little bit. It’s hard to get out of center. Scott Wells — my previous center — (and) Jeff Saturday: great height. Great butt height.”

The second component a center needs to have:

“And the second is most important, and that’s sweating. How much do they sweat? The worst thing that you can have is third, fourth quarter on a October day where it’s 65, 70 degrees and he’s sweating through his pants. Because that is not a situation you wanna be in.”

On how to prevent that:

“You gotta change pants at halftime.”

Has that ever happened?

“Oh yeah. Our backup center — great guy — Evan Dietrich-Smith, he has major sweat issues. And when you get that ball snapped up and there’s a lot of sweat that just splashes all over you and on your hands and the ball — it’s not a good situation. So he actually has changed at halftime before. So those are the two things you look for: butt height and sweating. Jeff’s doing really well in both categories. … Low sweat ratio and solid butt height.”

On if the $5,000 bounty the Saints allegedly put on his head was low:

“It might seem a little bit low.”

Click here to listen to Aaron Rodgers on Cabbie Presents: The Podcast

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