Aaron Rodgers has always been a straight shooter when it comes to his answers on how people perceive him. For the longest, he has always been labeled as sensitive.
Per Jason Wilde of The Athletic, the Green Bay Packers superstar went into why the label itself bugs him even though he doesn’t mind being called sensitive.
“I think the term ‘sensitive’ has always been used in a derogatory sense, and because of that, I didn’t embrace it,” Rodgers explained. “I am a sensitive person. I have feelings. I am empathetic. So I embrace those parts of me. I don’t like the narrative that spins it in a direction that I don’t like with respect to things that I feel like are part of my character.”
The reigning league MVP explained that the word shouldn’t have applied to him with what happened this offseason.
“Meaning what I say, and saying what I mean, are important to me. And that’s why I didn’t mince words when I came back (at the start of training camp). I said I took my time because I wanted to get to 100 percent all-in, in my mind. And I hadn’t missed an offseason before, which was difficult and weird and strange.”
After a bad opening day loss to the Saints — Rodgers has settled in and has the team at 2-1 as they get set to face the Pittsburgh Steelers. Speaking of his next opponent, Rodgers created some buzz when he recently raved about Pittsburgh and head coach Mike Tomlin during an appearance on the “Pat McAfee Show”.
“I’ve been around a lot of Pittsburgh people over the years. I have loved my time with all of them,” said Rodgers, whose first coach, Mike McCarthy, is a Pittsburgh native. “I have learned to speak the [Pittsburgh accent] really well, which is actually allowed me to follow and become a big fan of Pittsburgh Dad. … It’s a great, blue-collar town. There’s a lot of great people that live there. There’s a lot of history in that city.”
As you know, Tomlin’s team fell short in its quest for a second championship in a three-year span against Rodgers and the Packers 11 years ago in Super Bowl XLV.
The two teams appear to be heading in opposite directions as the Steelers have yet to recover from their downfall of starting last year 11-0, only to get eliminated by the Cleveland Browns in the playoffs. Pittsburgh has dropped consecutive home games against Las Vegas and Cincinnati, with their stagnant offense scoring just four touchdowns in 12 quarters. Ben Roethlisberger might be showing his age, but it does not help that the Steelers’ offensive line has struggled to protect him, allowing him to be sacked eight times and hit numerous other times through three games.
Rodgers has particularly looked sharp, with six touchdowns and no interceptions in Green Bay’s last two games.