Aaron Rodgers Breaks Down His Throwing Style and How it Has Evolved Over the Years

Published 01/06/2021, 10:04 AM EST
Nov 22, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers has built a reputation for himself as having one of best throwing arms in the league. While his throwing style is not conventional, it gets the job done.

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Like any quarterback, his throwing style is one that has developed over the years. Through high school days to the NFL, Rodgers has tinkered around to find the perfect form when it comes to throwing a football.

Aaron Rodgers talks us through his early years

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The Green Bay Packers quarterback during a segment of the Pat McAfee show talked about how he changed his throwing action to suit his game in the NFL.

“I went through some different mechanical adjustments from junior college to Cal (University of California, Berkeley) and back to the league… I’m sure you guys can find a picture of me with the ball way up by my ear,” Rodgers said.

Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 275 yards as the California Golden Bears defeated the Oregon Ducks 28 to 27 at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California, November 6, 2004. (Photo by Robert B. Stanton/WireImage)

Transitioning from a high-held grip to one he was more familiar with growing up did the trick for Rodgers as he looked for a more comfortable throwing stance and action.

“Once I got drafted, every two years I was like, ‘Man, I want it to be a little more comfortable’. Kind of back down where I held it in junior college and high school.

“So I just naturally kind of moved it down since it’s about muscle memory remembering how to throw different types of throws.”

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Learning from the legendary Brett Favre

Aaron Rodgers played as a backup to Brett Favre during his early years in the NFL. Favre, a 2016 Hall of Fame inductee, played 297 games for the Green Bay Packers and is a modern-day legend of the game.

Playing alongside Favre, Rodgers was quick to pick up little tips and tricks from the Hall of Famer.

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I spent time watching Brett (Favre) and read different fundamentals and tried to figure out why he was doing certain things. And then little drills, you can do to work on your balance, hitch, weight distribution, rhythm and timing,” said Rodgers.

“In the end it just comes down to remembering the throws and then kind of locking those away and being able to access those in the moment, to be accurate.”

Rodgers’ arm will go down as one of the best in the league. And with a 3 MVP title in sight, Rodgers seems to be in no mood of slowing down just yet.

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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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