Super Bowl XLV: Aaron Rodgers Playing out His Dream

Alex MonacoContributor IIFebruary 1, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 01:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers speaks during Super Bowl XLV Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Everything has led me to believe that the Super Bowl is a gut feeling. 

It's instinctual for the players who play in the game. There's so much hype, noise, and media frenzy surrounding the players on both teams that we sometimes forget to realize they're just athletes.

Those competing in their first Super Bowl are playing out their dream. Especially Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who will see the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 6th. 

Rogers grew up in Butte County, California. He played at Pleasant Valley High School, where he started for two years at quarterback. He netted 4,421 passing yards and set many school records by the time he graduated in 2002.  

Apparently, this wasn't enough for any big Division-I programs.

Rogers only received offers from little Division-II and three schools, and instead decided to stay at Butte Community College in Oroville.  

In his first season at Butte CC, Rodgers led the team to a 10-1 record, throwing 28 touchdowns in 11 games. They ended the year as the second ranked team in the nation.  

Funny how things happen for a reason.  

The University of Berkley's head coach Jeff Tedford happened to be in town recruiting a tight end who played for Butte's football team.  While he was there, he ran into the now Super Bowl contending quarterback. Rodgers showed his talent on the field, as well as the classroom. After receiving a 3.6 GPA and 1300 on his SAT's, Rogers was ready for a chance to play at a Division-I college. 

Boy, did things turn out well.

Seven years later, Rodgers finds himself in Arlington, Texas, competing for a championship.

This season, he has gone on to win three consecutive road playoff games, collecting the football he played with in each of those games to store in his locker.

Rodgers has one more to collect. 

His dream of one day winning a Super Bowl is one game away. Do you really think the adversity he's faced up until this point will cease to overcome him?  

Highly unlikely. 

My prediction: Rodgers wins the game, the trophy, and the ball he's sought after his entire life.  

Game. Set. Match.