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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Feb 4 2011 @ 7:53 am In NFL | No Comments

     No.  That was Mr. Rodgers answer to a question asked on media day regarding any conversations he and Brett Favre may have had this week.  The question wasn’t a yes or no type of question, but that simple one word reply said plenty.  Aaron Rodgers has moved way beyond trying to step out of Favre’s shadow.  He is focused on a much bigger goal, winning the Super Bowl on Sunday.  When the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers face off for the single biggest prize in sports, Aaron will find himself in the position of being the most important player on the field.  The only chance the Packers have of winning the Lombardi Trophy is if Rodgers plays well.  He will be facing two-time NFL Champion Ben Roethlisberger, but the key match-up is not A-Rod versus Big Ben.  It is Rodgers against Steeler’s safety Troy Polamalu.

     This is Aaron Rodgers first Super Bowl, and many experts would point to that being a disadvantage.  For this Packer quarterback, I don’t think it matters.  He has only been a starting QB for three years, but he has gone through six years of proving himself.  He has a quiet confidence about him that is unlike some of his peers(Phillip Rivers, Jay Cutler), and his demeanor has always been one of perseverance.  On draft day 2005, he sat and waited patiently after Alex Smith was taken first overall.  For three years in Green Bay, he sat on the bench behind Brett Favre and instead of campaigning or complaining, he studied and learned.  Now three years into his role as the starter, he knows he is ready.  He is aware of what’s in front of him and the opportunity he has on Sunday.  There are only two people that can beat Green Bay on Sunday; Rodgers himself and Troy Polamalu.  I believe Aaron will put up big numbers, but the question is will he avoid the big mistake?  If the Packers can keep Polamalu under control they will win and win big.  Then #12 will only have to answer questions about one Packer legend.  How does it feel to hold Mr. Lombardi?

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