“America’s Game” To Provide Insight Into Rodgers’ Early Years

In "America's Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers" Aaron Rodgers details the ups and downs of a post-Favre Green Bay.

The National Football League penetrates American culture so deeply, its tentacles ensnare fans from all walks of life. There are fanatics who analyze every detail of the game while others simply prefer the intoxicated comradery of a Sunday afternoon with friends. And while most fans find themselves somewhere in the middle, there are always outliers; there are always haters.

According to NFL Films Dave Douglas, who was a senior producer for “America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers”, Aaron Rodgers' interview told of the Super Bowl season, getting along with Brett Favre and the level of vitriol from a usually faithful fan-base that rattled the otherwise calm quarterback early in his career.

"I won’t tell you specifically what he said, we all know (his) first year with Brett Favre was horrible," said Douglas via Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It improved significantly over the next two. They realized the situation and found a way to co-exist. You’d think once Brett left and that A-Rod was finally handed the controls, life could begin anew. But the reaction he got from some of the fans who were staunchly supportive of Favre was astounding to me. It was mean-spirited and dreadful, some of the letters and comments he got. He talks about that. You can tell that it scared him."

Now seven years into his promising career, Rodgers has forged his own Super Bowl winning path. And with Lombardi trophy in hand, I wonder how those same hate-filled fans feel today?

While Mr. Rodgers isn’t one to gloat publicly, I can’t help but wonder whether or not he has privately wondered: How you like me now?

As previously noted, the Emmy Award Winning series “America’s Game” will air at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7 on NFL Network.

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PackersRS's picture

August 23, 2011 at 04:38 pm

Great. Now I fear that the way the show was produced may lead to the notion that the entire fanbase was terrible to Rodgers, and not just some terrible human beings. America's Game has a way to make things feel epic, for better or worse.

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PackerAaron's picture

August 23, 2011 at 05:35 pm

I've seen it. You have nothing to worry about.

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Tommyboy's picture

August 23, 2011 at 06:20 pm

You've seen it? How?! Dammit, I have to start a blog with Cory Behnke.

I assume chicks dig it?

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PackersRS's picture

August 23, 2011 at 06:45 pm

+1

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Carp's picture

August 23, 2011 at 04:42 pm

Do we know if there is any way to watch a recording/streaming video/something if one doesn't have NFL Network?

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PackerAaron's picture

August 23, 2011 at 05:37 pm

I have no idea what you're talking about.

http://www.soccertvlive.net/watch/49037/1/watch-nfl-network.html

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Carp's picture

August 24, 2011 at 12:24 am

Bless you, Nagler.

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FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

August 23, 2011 at 06:41 pm

It pissed me off then and it pisses me off now to remember what douchbags some"packer"fans were when all that shit was going on. I wish they would have left when burt did.

GBP 4 LIFE

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Tommyboy's picture

August 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

The thing I NEVER understood was why people threw their hate on Rodgers. They hated Thompson for the move, but if they stopped to think for a second, they would realize Rodgers did nothing wrong. A guy I was talking with was bashing Rodgers for all the usual reasons in '09. I asked him "What has Rodgers specifically done wrong? Why are you mad at him?" Of course, he ran around the question without really answering it, but it pissed me off that people were so wound up emotionally they left rationality at the door.

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CaLIPACKFAN's picture

August 23, 2011 at 07:41 pm

I knew Rodgers was a star QB when Brett went down in the Cowboys game 4 years ago and Aaron showed what he was capable of. I said this guy has it and he proved me right.

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Jim Hurly's picture

August 23, 2011 at 09:53 pm

You got that absolutely right. Both teams 10-1, Favre playing under contol all season, doing the dink n dunk thing. Then he gets to TX Stadium and he's firing rifle shots 30 yards into double coverage, just like 1993-95. Then he gets hurt and Rodgers comes in. I live in TX and was watching that game with a bunch of friends who are all Cowboys fans. You could have heard a pin drop in the 4th quarter when Rodgers led 2 TD drives. After the game, every Cowboy fan knew how good Rodgers was. It took about another year for the rest of the league to figure it out.

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PackerBacker's picture

August 23, 2011 at 09:18 pm

If you look at www.I'mmakingthisstatup.com.org, 98.4% of the fans who sent him hate mail now ador him and deny ever having hated him in the first place.

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retiredgrampa's picture

August 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I remember watching that game with my son-in-law (a Raider fan). We watched Rodgers for a few minutes, then he said, "That guy is good!" He felt that Aaron could really help his Raiders. But we have him and hope we can own his rights for another 10 years.

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Franklin Hillside's picture

August 24, 2011 at 07:03 am

You had me at "NFL penetrating" and "tentacles ensnaring", Max.

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maxginsberg's picture

August 24, 2011 at 07:49 am

You're a good man, Franklin. And thorough.

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Franklin Hillside's picture

August 24, 2011 at 09:52 am

Grab the ringer, Dude.

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