Aaron Rodger$ Doesn't Feel Pressure
By Jon Krouner
In April, Aaron Rodgers signed a five-year contract extension which included an NFL record $62.5 million in guaranteed money.
As part of the deal, the 29-year-old Rodgers will make $40 million in 2013. The contract is worth $110 million total. Here’s a better way to put it: Aaron Rodgers is a very rich man.
But, don’t expect that to affect his production level when Week 1 rolls round this September.
Rodgers has dealt with pressure throughout his career. In 2008, Rodgers took over for Packers legend and soon-to-be Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. Of course, Favre only led the Packers to their first Super Bowl title in nearly 30 years.
It’s a given that there’s a certain level of expectation that comes with being the main man in Titletown. Rodgers has lived up to the billing since taking the reigns from Favre five years ago.
In 2010, just Rodgers’ third year under center, he led the Packers to their first Super Bowl title since 1996. In 2011, Rodgers took home a league MVP award with a franchise record 45 touchdown passes. His quarterback rating has exceeded 100 in each of the past 4 seasons.
With a title and an MVP already in tow, Rodgers hardly bears the same burden that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo seems to fold under each season.
But, since winning Super Bowl XLV, the Packers have been knocked out of the playoffs in the second round in each of the past two season. You know that’s sticking in his craw. The Packers are contenders again this year, but hardly getting the media attention given to the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.
That’s alright with Rodgers.
"I love it when people are not talking about us. It's good for us. We're a small-market team with a blue-collar, community attitude. We enjoy it when people are talking about other teams and we can skate under the radar,” said Rodgers, according to USA TODAY Sports.
The Packers boast one of the NFL’s best offenses. The addition of running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin only make the Pack more dangerous. Wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are a great combination. That’s not to mention pass-catching options Jermichael Finley and James Jones.
There’s no reason to expect Rodgers to crack now that he’s finally inked the long-term extension that he’s worked towards his entire career.
He’d sure love to win his second Super Bowl title. That’s something not even Favre was able to do.