Congrats to Aaron Rodgers. What an unbelievable trip this kid has taken from the nearly three hour wait he had to endure on draft day to this Friday when he signed a contract that will keep him in Green Bay through the 2014 season. The shopworn adage when evaluating quarterbacks is that it takes 10 starts in the NFL to truly evaluate whether a quarterback is going to be any good. Apparently, it only took Ted Thompson 7 starts when it came to Rodgers. The man has been more right than wrong when it comes to personnel matters, so I'm fully on board with what can only be considered the new face of the franchise - the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers.
Lots of nice sentiments in the comment sections, both here at Cheesehead TV and elsewhere in the Packer blogosphere in regards to Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila's tenure with the Green and Gold. I don't have much to add to what has already been said - the man is a class act and the kind of vocal Christan I wish more "Christians" would try to emulate in our country - a man who truly lived the teachings he espoused publicly. My favorite remembrance of Kabeer will always be the sideline interview during preseason last year when he was asked how he thought the Packers would do during the 2007 season. He stated, without hesitation - "We're going to the Super Bowl." And you could tell he really believed it. He took untold amounts of grief for that interview (including shots from yours truly in an early episode of Packer Transplants) but it turned out he knew more than all the blowhards in the blogosphere and in the media. Sure, the team fell one overtime throw away from reaching the big game - but they were closer to achieving Kabeer's prediction than the mediocre finish most had predicted.
"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious."