Notebook: Rodgers Looking For More

The Packers returned to Green Bay on Monday afternoon; left tackle Chad Clifton says he's coming back in 2011; plus more postgame notes from Dallas.

Aaron Rodgers couldn't have come away from his Super Bowl debut any better. He's a champion, was the MVP of the game, will make the obligatory trip to Disneyland in his native California at some point and had an appearance booked in New York on "Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday night.

Yet, Rodgers isn't one to just settle for his 304-yard, three-touchdown performance that helped the Packers outlast the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday.

"You know what, I'm always looking for challenges," Rodgers said Monday. "I think the challenge now goes to repeating, scrutinizing this season, finding ways to get better. Obviously, being a perfectionist and having a quarterback coach (Tom Clements) who is as well, there's going to be plenty of time to work on things and plenty of things to work on."

Rodgers set a team record for passing yards in a Super Bowl with 304. His 1,094 passing yards in four games is the second-highest total for a single postseason in league history, behind Kurt Warner's 1,147 with the Arizona Cardinals during the 2008 season.

Welcome home

The Packers landed in Green Bay on Monday afternoon and had an unofficial parade, with thousands of fans lining the route from Austin Straubel International Airport to Lambeau Field. Schools dismissed students early and untold numbers played hooky from their jobs. A line to the Pro Shop extended into the parking lot.

Rich Winker, 42, of La Crosse, showed up in former Packers linebacker Ray Nitchske's No. 66 jersey and a replica old-school Packers leather football helmet. He said he decided at 11 p.m. Sunday to make the four-hour drive to Green Bay on Monday.

"It is awesome," he told The Associated Press. "It's just unreal how many people are here. Who knows when it will happen again?"

There is no official parade planned, though there will be a team-sponsored celebration at the stadium starting at 4 p.m. (Central) on Tuesday. Fans were being paid $8 an hour to clear the ice and snow off of the bleachers in time for the event.

Clifton confirms he's coming back

Left tackle Chad Clifton is committed to coming back for another season. He said after the Super Bowl that he won't entertain the notion of retiring on the high of being a first-time champion in his 11-year career.

Clifton, who has been plagued by knee problems the last few years, played and started every game for the first time since 2007. .

He will be 35 entering next season but is under contract through 2012 after signing a three-year deal as an unrestricted free agent to stay with the team last March. The Packers took Iowa's Bryan Bulaga in the first round of the 2010 draft to be Clifton's successor, but Bulaga wound up replacing an injured Mark Tauscher at right tackle in October and may be forced to stay there if Clifton comes back as healthy and strong as he was this season.

Big daddy

Overshadowed by the Super Bowl victory and the celebration that ensued for the Packers in North Texas late Sunday night was the ecstasy second-year defensive end Jarius Wynn experienced on a personal level earlier in the day.

Wynn's wife gave birth to 7-pound, 4-ounce Jarius Jr. before daybreak Sunday at a Dallas-area hospital. Her water broke while the couple was having dinner at a restaurant in the team hotel Saturday night. Wynn, who spent the night in the hospital, was excused from the team meeting to be there for the moment and rejoined the team in time for the game and played about five snaps.

"Oh, man, I don't think it can (get better)," Wynn said in the victorious locker room. "It's a blessing. Had my child this morning at 9:08. God works in mysterious ways. I worked real hard to get to this point. I'm just happy."

Extra points

-- WR Donald Driver was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and also a knee sprain in his left leg, head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. Driver suffered the game-ending injuries while being tackled on a short pass play in the second quarter of the 31-25 win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday. Driver watched the rest of the game on the sideline with his left foot in a walking boot.

-- CB Charles Woodson was a visibly wounded sideline observer in the second half, his left arm in a sling after he sustained a game-ending broken collarbone late in the first half. Woodson landed hard on the shoulder as he dived to break up a deep pass to Mike Wallace.

-- WR Jordy Nelson, whom Rodgers targeted 15 times, had nine receptions for 140 yards. Nelson eclipsed Max McGee's 138 for most receiving yards by a Packer in a Super Bowl, and the catches tied Antonio Freeman's club record in a league-title game.

-- S Nick Collins had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. It marked the third straight postseason game Green Bay scored a touchdown on an interception, setting a league record in the playoffs.


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