Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay Packers Star Wasn't Always on Top

FancloudContributor IIIFebruary 11, 2011

Aaron Rodgers celebrates his first Super Bowl victory
Aaron Rodgers celebrates his first Super Bowl victoryAl Bello/Getty Images

He is the Super Bowl MVP. 

He went to Disneyworld. 

He is no longer in the shadow of Brett Farve.

But for Aaron Rogers, it was a long, and sometimes uncertain, climb to the pinnacle of sports glory. 

As a 5’ 10” 165 lb. high school quarterback, Rogers did not generate much interest from America's elite college football programs.

In fact, he had only one D-1 offer, and that was as a walk-on at Illinois.

But  Rogers was determined, focused, and willing to do whatever he could to achieve his dream.

Rogers decided to attend community college in his hometown of Chico, CA, where he continued to work on his game and his academics.

His dream of a chance at D-1 football remained a driving force in his life.

With his D1 dreams starting to fade, Rodgers enrolled with CSA Prepstar, a company that helps student athletes receive the exposure they need to get recruited at the college level.

CSA Prepstar helped build Rodgers a highlight tape along with a player profile, where it was emailed out to all D1 programs.

College coaches watched his highlights and fell in love with his game.  

Ultimately, Rogers signed with The University of California at Berkeley, where he set numerous records, led his team to a No. 4 national ranking, and became a first round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers.

The rest, as they say, is history.

The level of success achieved by Aaron Rogers is exceedingly rare. To become a Super Bowl Champion, let alone a Super Bowl MVP,  requires more than just talent. It requires commitment, focus, determination, clarity, and the fortitude to never give up on a big dream.

With everything Rodgers has gone through in his career, it's easy to root for him. Aaron Rodgers is still the same kid who dreamed of a Division I scholarship. Now, he's dreaming of his second Super Bowl championship.