Rodgers: New hair, same team builder

Quarterback says he hopes he will be paired with Favre at celebrity golf tourney next month.

At Fan Fest in March, Aaron Rodgers polled the fans about whether or not he should cut his hair.

The fans must have voted to send him to Floyd the barber, because Rodgers showed up at the first day of minicamp on Tuesday with his hair considerably shorter.

"I just wanted to clean it up and look like I was 19 again," Rodgers said.

It had nothing to do with a television report saying he got married, he said, though he did go to a wedding.

"It was part of the reason," Rodgers said. "It was just too much maintenance. I got the feel of what the female sex has to go through on a daily basis. I've got a lot more respect for them after combing my hair and getting the knots out of my hair."

With more of a national media presence in Green Bay for minicamp, Rodgers was asked about how he's building chemistry with teammates and was asked again about the retired Brett Favre.

Rodgers said he's looking forward to seeing Favre at the American Century celebrity golf tournament, which will be held July 8-13 at Lake Tahoe.

"I hope so," Rodgers said of being paired with Favre in the tournament. "They usually pair me with quarterbacks."

"I want to beat him," Rodgers joked. "I'm definitely going to pick his brain and catch up with him."

Rodgers is continuing his weekly ritual of inviting teammates over once a week to bond — "healthy desserts" will be on the menu on Wednesday night.

"It's important to be a connected team," Rodgers said. "If you look at teams that made good runs the last few years, (they) have all, maybe not been the most talented teams — the Giants and the Patriots on paper, the Patriots probably were the more talented team, but the Giants had a lot of veteran leadership and seemed to be a very tight-knit group.

"I just want us, as a group, to be very united off the field so we can connect better when we're on the field."

Coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers is on the right path of assuming the leadership role that comes with playing quarterback.

"Being himself. Clearly just being himself," McCarthy said. "He's been here three years going on four. He's not a stranger in the locker room. I think he's been a great teammate, and he doesn't need to change. He's really prepared himself for this opportunity, and that's what Aaron needs to stay focused on.

"He clearly understands the pressures that are put upon him, of being the starting quarterback, of the legacy of Brett that was in front of him. Those are things he cannot concern himself with. He just needs to stay focused on playing quarterback and being himself, and I think he's done a great job with that so far."

Steve Lawrence is a frequent contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail him at steve_lawrence_packers@yahoo.com


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