‘It’s a Shock to the Body’ – Aaron Rodgers Recalls Some of the Coldest NFL Stadiums He’s Visited

Published 01/14/2021, 8:45 AM EST
Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


Being a guy growing up in California, Aaron Rodgers sure has adapted well when it comes to playing in the cold. In fact, the quarterback has made the frost-bit inducing Lambeau Field his home now for 16 seasons. 

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The notoriously frigid conditions that the stadium brings with it around winter is well documented. The “Ice Bowl”, and many other legendary games have gone down at what NFL knows as ‘The Frozen Tundra’. 

But even for a guy like Aaron Rodgers, certain fields are more difficult than others to play on. Even when compared to the difficult conditions of Lambeau Field. 

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The Frozen Lake effect of Chicago 

While talking on the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers mentioned just how difficult it is to play at Chicago’s Soldier Field.  

“I remember, we didn’t have a lot of late games in 2005-6. But in ’07, we had a couple that I would say were miserable games. I was on the sidelines for both, but we played in Chicago, which is one of the coldest environments ever.”

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“I mean, we’re always talking about the frozen tundra. But the frozen lake effect of Chicago is tough. In ’07 late in the year, we played in Chicago and it was gusting at 50 miles an hour.”

Rodgers said that the game against the New York Giants later that year was also in a brutal environment. 

First snow game at a wind chill of -16 for Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers’ first real snow game ended up coming in 2008, against the Chicago Bears. With no prior experience of playing in such frigid conditions, Rodgers described the incident as a “shock to the body”.

“So I didn’t know what it was like to play in that type of environment. But it was really, really cold. Then in 2008, for my first real cool game, we played in Chicago on a night game later in the season,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback said. 

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Dec 27, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Workers clear snow from the sidelines prior to the game between the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

“And the night before it was -4 and I was thinking, ‘How the hell are we gonna get warmed up to a wind chill of -16 that night? So, that’s definitely a shock to the body.”

But when the LA Rams come around on January 16, Aaron Rodgers will be ready to embrace the challenge that a familiar Lambeau Field puts ahead of him.

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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