Everyone has a favorite part of Aaron Rodgers. Whether it’s his cannon-like throwing arm, his deceptive speed, or for the ladies, his butt, Rodgers can appeal to anyone.
However, it’s what goes on in his mind that makes him so dangerous and exciting to watch. Of the quarterbacks currently in the NFL, Rodgers might have the most vengeful mindset of any of them.
And in football, vengeance can be an entertaining thing.
Everyone knows the story of Rodgers. He was unwanted coming out of high school, no one went after him coming out of community college, the San Francisco 49ers didn’t choose him to lead their franchise, and 22 other NFL teams passed on him before the Packers called him up.
Most people just assumed his work ethic was the product of trying to prove the doubters wrong, but I think it comes from a darker part of his mind. Rodgers wants to make the doubters show that passing on him was one of the greatest mistakes they’ll ever make, and when he gets the chance, he proves it.
In his two career games against the San Francisco 49ers, Rodgers has thrown for a total of over 640 yards, 5 touchdowns, no interceptions, and completed over 70% of his passes. He’s also added 50 rushing yards.
In the 2011 playoffs against the Atlanta Falcons, John Abraham managed to sack Rodgers and proceeded to mock his touchdown celebration. How did Rodgers respond? He rushed for a touchdown later in the blowout win and did “the belt” once again. Even Rodgers said it was his favorite belt to date.
The list can go on and on, but the thing is, it doesn’t just apply to teams that doubted him, but fans and analysts that still do.
That, in my mind, is what makes him so entertaining.