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socalpkrbkr
07-09-2008, 06:14 PM
Rodgers Playing Golf But Answers Questions
July 9, 2008
Written by Staff - Wire reports - PackerChatters Staff

Aaron Rodgers, Favre's backup for the last three seasons, spoke for the first time publicly on Wednesday morning during a conference call with reporters in anticipation of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nevada and the hot topic was, of course, the recent revelation that Favre has the desire to play once again.

Here are some Q & A's from the conference call;

Q: What do you think of the talk of Favre unretiring?

A: Well, as the organization has commented, I'm going to keep it pretty much the same. I'm not really going to speculate about any rumors that are out there.

Q: What do you make of the media attention it's receiving?

A: The media has a job to do. They're reporting the information they get. Other than that, I'm not going to speculate on any rumors that are out there at the moment.

Q: How has the buzz of Favre's return affected you?

A: I've been up in the mountains hanging out with my family, so I've been pretty immune any media reports out there. So that's basically what I am doing. I'm up here in Tahoe playing in the American Century Championship and that's kind of my focus the next four or five days.

Q: Are you enjoying being away during all of this?

A: It's been a good offseason. I've been spending time in San Diego. James Jones came out to throw and work out with me. Brett Swain has been down here since the (rookie) symposium. I feel like I'm in real good shape right now. Took a little bit of time to spend with the family up in the mountains with no cell service, so that was nice, and now I'm enjoying the best week of the summer, which is being here in Tahoe.

Q: Do your preparations change?

A: As usual, I'm coming back more than a week early for training camp, just to get my body accustomed to the Midwest time again and get a couple workouts in with Rock (Gullickson, the Packers' strength and conditioning coach) before we start. So, nothing's changed. I'll be right on schedule and looking forward to a good training camp.

Q: Have the Packers reached out in the past week?

A: I am in constant contact in the offseason with coach (Mike) McCarthy and (quarterbacks coach) Tom Clements, so nothing's changed as far as that goes.

Q: Have you had any recent conversation with Favre?

A: Me and Brett got along real well in Green Bay, became good friends, but I have not talked to him recently about his future plans.

Q: Are you able to completely focus on taking over, or is media distraction taking away from that?

A: Well, I'm in the offseason right now, so I've been away from most of it for the most part. I've been down in San Diego and up in Chico (Calif.) with my family, working out with the trainer in Chico and working out down in southern California with a few of my receivers, and some other pro athletes down there. So, I've been pretty focused on what I've got to do to get ready for training camp.

Q: How excited are you about the team?

A: I'm extremely excited. We've got a great, young team coming back, a lot of talent at a lot of different positions, and it's been a great offseason. We've had nearly 100 percent attendance for most of the offseason and a lot of guys working hard and a lot of guys excited about the direction we're going. So, it's exciting being a part of that.

Q: Is there any aspect of game you're focused on in offseason?

A: I think it's still mental. Our quarterback school that we went through in the offseason is a big mental challenge for us as we go through the entire offense, read and diagnose defenses. We watch a lot of hours of film each day, and that's been the most important thing for me is mentally, totally understanding our scheme, what we're trying to do, and trying to figure out what the other side of the ball is doing as well.


Q: In your mind, is there any possibility that Brett is still a teammate in 2008?

A: Like I said I'm not going to speculate on any rumor that might be out there. I'm just excited about the season and the opportunity that's in front of the Packers right now.

Q: How do you handle next three weeks? Try to detach from all this, or check in on daily basis to see what the developments are?

A: I'm not going to change anything. I'm going to be here this week, I'm going to be down in L.A. next week, and I'll be in Green Bay after that. So, that's kind of the schedule and I'm sticking to it.

hughest4
07-09-2008, 09:20 PM
Yeah, well thats basically everything i expected Rodgers to say. It seems like he is trying to say the right things even if he might feel totally different about this whole situation. All he can really do is keep working hard, improve his game, and get ready for the season as if he is our starting QB

twelvePack
07-09-2008, 09:39 PM
Yeah, what is Rodgers going to say? He sure isn't going to bash TT or Favre. He probably didn't want to answer the questions.

wissportsfan
07-09-2008, 11:09 PM
Yeah it sounded like Rodgers said the things he had to say.