‘Really Thankful to Be Back Here’- Aaron Rodgers Grateful for the Opportunity to Be Back With a Shot at the Super Bowl

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January 21, 2021 8:22 pm

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are just 1 win away from making it back to the Super Bowl. The quarterback has only ever made 1 Super Bowl appearance. And that came at the end of the 2010 season, where he won his first and only Super Bowl ring. 

Now with a shot at making a trip to Tampa for this season’s big game, Rodgers remains cautious yet optimistic given his record in the NFC Championship game over the years.

Aaron Rodgers is not one to forget the upsets of the past

Talking to the media, Rodgers reflected on his time since his solitary Super Bowl win. He acknowledged the challenges faced by his team and how the Packers have grown. 

“At the moment, after you win you think, ‘Sure, we’ll be right back next year’. And we went 15-1 (after the Super Bowl win). We won 19 games overall, which was amazing. And then we were one and done in the playoffs,” said Aaron Rodgers.

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Dec 6, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass to running back Jamaal Williams (30) against the Philadelphia Eagles during their football game Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

Rodgers knows the struggles the team has faced getting across the final hurdle. Their recent record in the NFC title game is not one to be proud of, heading into the game against Tampa

“We’ve had some good teams along the way. We’ve been to the championship now four times since 2014. No team’s been there more than once in that period.

“So we’ve had consistent success with the playoffs, but we haven’t gotten over the hump. Those three Championship games were on the road… I think we learned something from all of them,” he said.

Thankful for another shot

Rodgers said that he’s grateful to be back in the Championship game. After enduring a turbulent 2019 campaign, the quarterback is happy to have proved his critics wrong. 

“Definitely thankful to be back here. A lot of people didn’t think we’d be here after last season. We got a lot of interesting comments about us being the worst 13-3 team that people had seen. Not the same type of comments this year,” Aaron Rodgers said.

Highlighting the difficulties faced by the team due to the COVID-19 breakout, Rodgers seemed happy with the progress made so far.

Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (right) greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (left) after a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“Again really thankful to be back here. Thankful for the chance to be playing. There were so many unknowns when we started the season…

“Now we’re here and we have fans. So it’s pretty exciting to be here, excited about Sunday and the weather,” he said.

The Packers head into this game with the home advantage over the Buccaneers. And given how good the offense has been, there’s good reason to believe that come February 7th, Rodgers and the Packers will be rolling into Tampa to stake their claim on the coveted Lombardi Trophy.  

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Shivayan Roy

Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer for EssenstiallySports. The movie ‘Rudy’ piqued his interest in gridiron football and he has been an avid follower of the sport since. Shivayan has worked with multiple other entities in the past such as The New Indian Express, Goal.com, and Zee News to name a few.

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