Aaron Rodgers Reveals How Role Players This Year Make GBP better Than Their Other Division Winning Sides

Published 12/14/2020, 1:40 PM EST
Dec 6, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles away from Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Raequan Williams (61) in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


With the Philadelphia Eagles pulling off an upset against the New Orleans Saints, Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers are in prime position to finish as the NFC’s top seed.

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With a 31-24 win against the Detroit Lions, Rodgers talked about the importance of role players in the squad.

Empowering the role players 

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Rodgers said that while the importance of role players is often undermined in the NFL, it doesn’t apply to the current Packers roster. 

“I feel like this team has a lot of role players and a lot of times when you say that, and I’ve said this before, it has almost a negative connotation… That doesn’t apply when I say that about this squad,” said Rodgers.

“Like there are so many guys that have specific roles… When you give a guy a role, you empower them. When that player embraces that role and makes the most of it, it lifts the entire squad.”

Aaron Rodgers cited the example of Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis and his influence on the team as a role player. 

Dec 6, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) rushes with the football after catching a pass as Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker T.J. Edwards (57) chases from behind during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

“(Look at) Marcedes, who embraces his role. He’s a wide tight end, on the ball blocker. He occasionally gets a target, but he is an on the ball, physical guy.

“The standard that he sets with his approach and professionalism, and the respect that he demands from his teammates, by the way, that he plays, I think sets a great example of what it means to be a role player,” said Rodgers.

Rodgers on what sets this team apart from the rest 

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When asked about how this Packers team is different from those that have won the division earlier, Rodgers said that it is qualities like grit and determination that set genuine contenders apart from the rest. 

“You know, I feel like our best teams haven’t always won and gotten to the championship game. It’s those teams that have those qualities that you really can’t measure…

“It’s the camaraderie and chemistry and the ability to deal with adversity and not start pointing fingers. That resolve and that grit. I feel like this team has a lot of those characteristics,” said Rodgers.

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With the Playoffs right around the corner, only time will tell if this Packers team has what it takes to stand out from the rest and lift the coveted Lombardi trophy. 

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Shivayan Roy

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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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