Aaron Rodgers Reveals His Biggest Fear in the Gridiron

Published 09/11/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on before the preseason game against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on August 08, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)


Few days after Tom Brady made a debatable statement regarding the new rules of the NFL, Aaron Rodgers agrees yet disagrees for the same. Brady in a recent interview on the Buccaneers team site mentioned that he feels, “Now, every hard hit is a penalty on the defense” and they “penalize defensive players for offensive mistakes.

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Aaron Rodgers, during his appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, mentions that Brady is right about the new NFL rules. They have stopped producing the kind of football it did two decades ago and now playing as a defensive player has become so hard and tricky at times.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 18: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after being tackled by Antoine Winfield Jr. #31 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just short of the goal line during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Rodgers feels that now any quarterback can throw sh**ty passes and not worry about his player get rocked or leave the field on a stretcher. Well, this is exactly what the veteran quarterback fears in the game.

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Biggest fear of Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers says, “I think as a quarterback, and I bet Tom would probably agree with this statement, but my greatest fear forever was laying one of your teammates out. Like, the last thing you want to do is lead a guy into a big hit that caused him to get concussed or, God forbid, not being able to get off the field in his own power.”

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 03: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks on in action during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers on January 03, 2021 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

He further adds, “That’s your greatest fear because that guy is trusting you with his health, really. As much as I’m trusting Takatari and my linemen to protect me, those guys are trusting me to protect them with the throw.

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And that’s why the West Coast offense has always been predicated on proper number and location for the football, and that’s the way I learned and it was to allow for yards after the catch and to throw the ball away from contact for your stud players. So that was the greatest fear of mine.”

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Although his concern has a valid point, as the careers and the health of his associates lie in his hands. Any slip or wrong pass can cause a concussion or worse for the catcher, and the repercussions of his irresponsibility would be faced by others. The last thing in the world that he would want to do is throw a silly pass against someone like Ray Lewis.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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