It seems Rodgers was docked points on an assignment back when he was at Cal, and the teacher had a good laugh at him when he tried to discuss the matter.
Big Lead Sports spotted an interesting interview Rodgers gave in his "Tuesday's with Aaron" segment to ESPN Milwaukee, delving into one humbling day where his NFL dreams were seen as rather comical to a professor in a food appreciation class.
To get to the best part of the story, she’s looking at me, condescending, talking down to me. And she says, “What do you want to do with yourself?”
I said, “I want to play in the NFL.”
She laughed. She LAUGHED at me. It wasn’t like just a funny laugh, it was a condescending laugh and she said, “You’ll never make it. You’ll get hurt. You’ll need your education, and you’re not gonna make it through school here.”
I said, “OK”, I said, “I don’t agree with any of that.”
I just want to tell that teacher right now today, thank you for adding to that chip on my shoulder, and I hope you are a fan.
Having gone to Cal myself, I can tell you that the professor may have just reacted to a Cal quarterback thinking he might play in the NFL. After Justin Vedder, scoffing at NFL claims may have been a knee-jerk reaction.
You can listen to the interview at the 42:50 mark here.
Still, Rodgers was a Second-Team Academic All Pac-10 athlete, someone who worked hard on the field and in the library.
It seemed, for his take in the story, that the professor wanted to make an example of an athlete, and there would hardly be a more blaring example than the star quarterback.
So it would seem, Rodgers took his grade and criticism, and he has become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Somewhere in Berkeley, there is a pretty grumpy professor who doesn't like athletes and takes her food appreciation rather seriously.
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