Rodgers again: I'm not injury-prone

New starting quarterback excited to take leadership role, he says on the "The Jim Rome Show"

Appearing on Jim Rome's nationally syndicated radio program on Friday, new Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers again bristled at the suggestion he's been brittle.

"The most frustrating thing is the connotation with the phrase ‘being injury prone,'" Rodgers told guest host Grant Napear, echoing what he said when he met with the media after an organized team activities practice on Wednesday.

"It's almost inferring the player is a little soft," Rodgers said from his native California. "The injuries I've sustained have been pretty much bad luck. It's frustrating. There's high expectations when you follow a guy who started over 250 straight games at quarterback, which is unbelievable and very lucky, because you see injuries all the time that players can't avoid, like Carson Palmer (in a 2006 playoff game against Pittsburgh)."

Asked if replacing a legend like Brett Favre is a "blessing or a curse," Rodgers said he's in a great situation "with great veteran leadership and a lot of young talent."

The down side about following Favre, Rodgers said, is if the fans transfer Favre's accomplishments and make them expectations for Rodgers to follow.

"If fans compare myself to Brett, I'm never going to win," he said. "The success he's had over the years, I'll never be able to play enough games (to match them). If I just do my job, I know we're going to win a lot of games and hopefully make a run at the playoffs. You're remembered for your wins, and Brett is the career leader."

Rodgers said the best part of his play against the Dallas Cowboys last season, when he almost rallied the Packers to a key win when Favre was injured, was it gave his teammates a chance to see his leadership skills under fire. He's taken that leadership to a new level since Favre's retirement, with perfect attendance in the team's offseason program and weekly get-togethers at his house.

"It's definitely exciting having the guys looking to me for guidance," Rodgers said. "I found ways to lead when I wasn't the guy, and now I'm trying to make sure we're a team that stays connected and believes in each other. The best teams have talent, but they're also very connected and tight-knit, and I want us to be one of those elite teams."

Rodgers said the NFC championship game loss to the New York Giants stung — though it wasn't as crushing to him as it was to many of the veterans because he didn't play a snap in the game. Now, he's looking forward to his opportunity to lead the Packers to a championship game. And beyond.

"There's windows of opportunity, and we have a lot of guys under contract, so this is our time to make a run for three, four, five years and be a Super Bowl contender.


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