Aaron Rodgers isn’t happy with his teammates.
No, he’s not upset with fellow players on the Green Bay Packers.
He is disappointed with those who were with him on the NFC Pro Bowl team. The AFC triumphed 59-41 on Sunday in the all-star game in Hawaii and in a game that’s known for players taking it easy, Rodgers believes some guys took it too easy. Way too easy.
“I was just surprised that some of the guys either didn't want to play or when they were in there didn't put any effort into it,” Rodgers said in a visit with ESPN Milwaukee and Jason Wilde this afternoon.
Rodgers went on to say he was “disappointed in the lack of pride” shown by some NFC players in the game.
His coach Mike McCarthy was certainly playing for keeps. The NFC executed a successful onside kick after the opening score of the game. Later, the NFC ran a successful fake punt. But there was plenty of dogging it and the linemen were clearly going through the motions, at least until parts of the fourth quarter.
It’s a little surprising to hear a player speak out about the game like this, but Rodgers has a point and it’s a good one. Fans were booing during portions of the game because of the lack of effort. If they’re going to put pads and helmets on and they’re going to play, then play football.
It's nice that Rodgers spoke up for the fans. If the NFL wants to play the game, it shouldn't be a mockery.
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