Entering his 13th season, Rodgers must find new sources of motivation, catalysts that, more often than not, come from within. His sole championship appearance has become a flashpoint for debate: It was arguably the most impressive stretch of his career, and the Packers made it to the playoffs, where they lost, somewhat brutally, to the Falcons in the NFC championship game. I think that you just have to think about what you say before you say it. Like so many players in the NFL, Rodgers devoted much of his young life to those twin pillars of American culture:
This is evident whenever he opens his mouth.
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He adds that players like O'Callaghan worry about retribution not only from their teammates but also from executives, again pointing to the absence of guaranteed contracts. When I tell him I was surprised by his level of civic participation, he shrugs it off. That's what they're trying to get a conversation started around. Rodgers met pastor Rob Bell left inwhen Bell was invited to come speak to the Packers. Unprompted, Rodgers mentions a 60 Minutes story from that focused on his responses to perceived slights, a piece he says left him frustrated and confused. The night before, his agent had sent me his phone number, suggesting that we meet at either his place or mine. He nods, adding, "They're such misogynists, right?
I'd love to go back at least a few more times. When the talk ended, Rodgers waited for the group to dissipate and then introduced himself to Bell, best known for his progressive views on Christianity. He lands in Green Bay, where he spends three years as Brett Favre's understudy and is greeted by booing fans when he finally becomes the starter. For years, Rodgers seemed convinced that the world didn't believe in him; then, in an instant, he'd produced irrefutable evidence that the world was wrong. But at some point, my career's going to be over, and I'm going to move on and do other things and be excited about that chapter in my life. But at the right time, you can say things that have a major impact. There are legions of Michael Jordan-esque anecdotes about him gutting out hard-fought victories in everything from pickup basketball to cards.