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Aaron Rodgers on Anthony Barr saga: 'It's time to move on for everybody'

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Aaron Rodgers on Anthony Barr saga: 'It's time to move on for everybody'

-- If nobody has moved on from the Anthony Barr - Aaron Rodgers saga yet, it's worth noting that Rodgers certainly has.

Rodgers told NBC's Peter King in his new weekly column that he does consider the 'beef' between him and Barr to be squashed.

"I mean, I think it's time to move on for everybody," Rodgers said. 

Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in what many considered to be a late hit during a week 6 meeting with the Minnesota Vikings last season. Barr, the Vikings linebacker responsible for allegedly driving Rodgers into the turf, walked away from the scene scot-free. No penalty flag, no fine, no nothing.

Rodgers, who was sidelined for the following two months, didn't return until the Packers' week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers -- a loss that essentially eliminated Green Bay from playoff contention.

When the initial hit happened, there were some words laced with disdain, anger, venom, whatever you want to call it, tossed about from both parties.

"I had looked over just to see if maybe there was gonna be a thumbs up, or 'hey, you okay?' Or whatever.

"It's a league where you appreciate what we put our bodies through. I thought ... knowing that I wouldn't be on the ground unless it was a significant injury then maybe he'd be looking over, giving me a thumbs-up-you-okay? Or something. But it wasn't the case. We had some words exchanged on both sides."

Since that abysmal meeting in October, a variety of things have changed in Green Bay. From the front office structure and personnel to the coaching staff and occupying coordinators.

Meanwhile, administering such strife on the Packers' organization and injuring their starting quarterback has seemingly gone down as an integral part of Minnesota sports history.

Despite his second broken collarbone in four years, Rodgers doesn't feel the need to alter the way he plays. Even as he approaches 35 in December, Barr's tackle -- intentional or unintentional -- didn't spook Rodgers -- or his positional coaches -- into any drastic changes concerning his style.

"I've played football since I was 13 years old and I've taken two shots where I couldn't wiggle free, and broke my collarbone twice. I feel pretty good about the way I play, avoiding some major stuff. I've had a couple muscle pulls. But other than that, as a starter I've been pretty healthy.

"Two hits. First time I didn't see the guy. Second time I did. I didn't think he was gonna hit me maybe as hard as he did. But he did and that was what happened."


Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Bearmeat's picture

It was a clean hit, and it allowed the Vikings to win the NFCN last year, so I understand why their team and fans were happy about the hit.

But their fans are still douchebags, and I hope their team goes 0-16 this year.

Nick Perry's picture

It was a clean hit BUT Barr definitely put his body in a position to come down on Rodgers with just that little something extra.

I don't wish for Barr to be hurt. I wish for Barr to be humiliated by Graham, Williams (Wk.2) Jones (Wk 12) and then pancaked a few times by Mercedes Lewis. If want to see Barr come on a blitz and watch Rodgers make him look silly while he chases him around. Lastly I want Barr, his teammates, and the "Douchebags" to watch the Packers win yet another Championship!

stockholder's picture

Pay Backs are Hell. A-Rod shouldn't move on. It's Time Get even! This should be the game of the year. Beat them!

Tundraboy's picture

How does anyone dislike this?? And yes he definitely put a little extra in there,a lot extra knowing he was putting all of his weight into it.

Koosh's picture

Lol calling that a clean hit a step out from releasing the ball!

You sound like the douchbags that claim Thomas Davis isn't dirty. There's a lil Twitter video compilation of his going around that is just dusgusting!

You take the high road, Barr will take the low road.

Johnblood27's picture

WHO in the hell could possibly down vote this????

Bearmeat's picture

It's Bearmeat's Phantom Downvoter! I have a fan club! You should consider joining! ;)

In all honesty, the "anti-Packer" fan posts are from Favrians who split from GB the summer of 08 and followed the Dongslinger through his NYJ and Barney days.

They've been around for awhile. Ben is one of them. :P

Tundraboy's picture

Exactly. Its almost scary. Nah,just a Viking in our midst

cheesehead1's picture

Agree, I never had a problem with the hit, it’s football. Hoping for a relatively healthy season for a change.

4thand1's picture

We don't want injuries, make the game safe. Football has been one of the most brutal sports ever. The average players career doesn't last long except for QBs unless they suck at it. Barr and the viqueens suck balls, but if we start taking those hits out of the game, then its flag football.

Koosh's picture

So if the pass rusher can't hit a QB after he released the ball and still has plenty of time to pull up, it's flag football!

4thand1's picture

I don't condone the play or like it. He wasn't flagged, fined, or suspended. Yes he could have pulled up, but every team knows, if you get a legal shot at a QB, you take it. CM would have done the same thing or any other player. Look at the Brady rule, no hitting low when the QB is in the pocket. Teams take shots at the best players it's what players are taught at an early age.

holmesmd's picture

Driving a defenseless player into the ground is illegal, no? That same play happens 10 times a weekend. 9-10 of the times the QB gets pushed to the ground, not pole driven by a sprinting 255lb tank. I’m sorry, I’m calling BS

Tim Backes's picture

The whole thing was overblown to begin with. Clean hit, awkward landing, fluke injury, not much to be done about it. Barr's got no obligation to go over and check if every player he hits is okay. Fans then took Rodgers' quote and made it into a far bigger deal than it was and made the guy public enemy number one.

Yeah, a bunch of idiots on Vikings Twitter celebrated over the injury. There are morons in every crowd. You'll find plenty of them on Packers Twitter this fall, and won't need to look very hard.

Players get hurt, it just sucked that in this case it was Rodgers and against a hated rival. Move along.

The TKstinator's picture

Well thought out, coherent, and accurate.
Are you sure you belong here?

Tundraboy's picture

Lmao. Thanks. I'm going to use that one for sure.

Lare's picture

I guess I'm in the minority in that I don't think it was entirely a clean hit. Initially it was, but IMO Barr made the conscious decision at some point to drive Rodgers to the turf and land on him with all his weight. To me, that was done with the intent to injure Rodgers.

We'll never know what Barr's intentions were, but if other players feel he was over the line then I suspect clean hits on him may end up with a little extra effort also.

Koosh's picture

With as many grey areas as there are in football, I hope the players realize they control who does and doesn't deserve the high road.

Johnblood27's picture

Barr should get the old High Road - Low Road treatment on a nice sweep play.

PAPackerbacker's picture

I agree with Rodgers. Why dwell on the past? Look to the future and torch the Vikings with a few extra touchdowns this year!! Let your play on the field do the talking. The Packers certainly have the talent to get it done. And make sure that Kirk Cousins is welcomed into the NFC North by sacking him about 6 times or more a game. But keep it within the rules of the game. And a few interceptions would be nice too. Playing with a chip on your shoulder could lead to an injury. I don't want to see anyone get injured. I'd rather watch the Vikings walk off the field at the end of the game, physically exhausted, totally confused, and knowing they were defeated by a superior team. The Packers are a class act, always have been. That's why I love them so much!! Go! Pack! Go1

Tundraboy's picture

I dunno. Playing with a chip on your shoulder never hurt anyone but the other team imo.

PatrickGB's picture

The refs decided the hit was “legal”. But most all agree it was unnecessary. Yep, it’s time to move on from it. But I would not mind contributing to a go fund me site for payback...just kidding.. I think.
But I do have to also agree with PAPacker that the high road is best.

holmesmd's picture

Wrong and that’s your opinion.

Samson's picture

Like it or not.....
The Vikings are solid favorites to repeat as North Division Champs and NFC Champ favorites. --- The Barr-AR hit has nothing to do with season 2018.

I really can't stand the Vikes going all the way back to the "Fran the Man" days in the '70's but .......

The Vikes have more talent on their 53 man roster (at the moment) than the Pack could ever dream of.

One more point ---- I believe Cousins will excel in 2018.

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