Rodgers Q&A

Here are a few of California quarterback Aaron Rodgers' comments to the media after he was selected by the Green Bay Packers today in the NFL Draft:<p>

Q: Can you describe what the wait was like? AR: It was easy. You know, not a lot of teams I think needed quarterbacks. After you got to a certain number, we knew that after 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, was probably not going to happen. That was the toughest part, just the wait, but good things come to those who wait. The Lord has been teaching me a lot about humility and patience, and He kind of threw both of those in my face today.

I'm excited about going to Green Bay and being able to learn from the greatest quarterback in the league right now, and probably a first-ballot Hall of Famer, by far.

Q: What did the Packers say to you?

AR: Well, they were kind of like, ‘Well, we're thinking about taking you on.' I was like, ‘okay.' (laughter).

Q: Did you sense they were very excited, like ‘I couldn't believe you fell this far?'

AR: They were. I talked to them at the combine and they said, ‘Man, we would love to have you, but we don't think you'll be available.' I said, ‘I would love to come here.' Obviously, I didn't think I would be available, but I'm excited. It's going to be a good opportunity for me to sit back and watch one of the greatest quarterbacks to every play and learn from him and dig into his mind.

Q: You grew up a 49er fan and wore Joe Montana's T-shirt underneath your pads. How disappointed are you?

AR: Obviously, I would have loved to be the first pick and stay in California, but I want to go to a team that wants me, and they obviously didn't want me and didn't think I was going to help the team out. Green Bay does and I'm excited about being able to work with them and kind of have Brett groom me and the team groom me for potentially taking over when he's finished.

Q: Do you think falling this far will give you extra incentive to work that much harder to prove that everybody else was wrong?

AR: It might give me a little extra incentive, yeah. It might cross my mind. (laughter)

Q: Any regrets or second thoughts about leaving school?

AR: Not at all. I really feel like everything I've been learning and I've seen over the last three or four months confirms the fact that I was supposed to leave.

This doesn't change that in my mind. Coach Tedford even really encouraged me to take off, and I'm excited about just being able to move on and it's going to be great working with Brett Favre. It's going to be nice for me, maybe not having a lot of pressure going in.

Q: What do you know about Green Bay's offense and how do you think you'll fit in?

AR: Not a whole lot. I obviously didn't think I was going to be here, but I know they run a version of the West Coast, which I think fits my style. I mean, high percentage passing and need to be efficient with the ball. Just anybody wathcing Brett Favre knows that he makes good options, and Ahman (Green) catching the ball out of the backfield. they run a lot of screens, too. High-percentage passing I think is my style.

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