This describes the continuing life of one of the best in today's game

Aaron Rodgers' Life 

Table of Contents


   Introduction-----------------------------------Page 4

   Birth & Family--------------------------------Page 6

  Childhood------------------------------------ Page 7

  College Years -----------------------------  Page 8

    2005 NFL Draft------------------------------Page 10

    2008 - 2009 Season------------------------Page 12

    2010 - 2011 Magical Season-------------Page 13

    2011- 2012 & 2012 - 2013 Seasons----Page 15

    2013 - 2014 Season ----------------------- Page 16

    MVP Again------------------------------------ Page 17

   Off The Field----------------------------------Page 18

   Conclusion-----------------------------------  Page 20

   Timeline -------------------------------------   Page 21

   Sources Cited ------------------------------  Page 22



        What does it take to be a Super Bowl winning quarterback?  Leadership, confidence, and physical strength are some of the characteristics that immediately come to mind.  Many quarterbacks share these traits and have achieved Super Bowl fame, but it has taken their entire careers in which to do it. 

      Aaron Rodgers is perhaps one of the few exceptions. He was not a sought after SAWT AF-TER [adjective: to be desired, in demand] player. He was never offered a college scholarship to play professional football and was later overlooked by 23 NFL teams in the draft.  Finally, he got his break when he was selected by the Green Packers and even then his place of honor was on their bench?!

     For the next three seasons, he stood by watching the Green Bay Packers play the game he was so passionate PASH-UH-NIT [adjective: ruled by intense emotion] about, until he finally got his chance to start for them in 2008.  After only two years as a professional player, he achieved his first Super Bowl victory and brought the Lombardi Trophy, the trophy awarded to Super Bowl Champions, home to Green Bay.  Still considered a rookie to the game, Aaron Rodgers quickly and gracefully made a name for himself as an NFL superstar. His humble HUM-BLE [adjective: having or showing a modest or low estimate of one's own importance] beginnings define who he is both as a person and as a professional NFL player, and have led to the legacy LEG-A-CY [noun: something memorable left behind] he continues building upon to this day.


Birth and Family


         Aaron Charles Rodgers was born on December 2nd, 1983. His parents, Ed and Darla met in Chico, California while attending college and have loved each other ever since. Darla was a really good dancer in college and Aaron thinks his mom is one of the reasons he is so nimble NIM-BLE [adjective: quick and light in action, agile]. Yet, he also inherited a lot of  football knowledge and physical strength from his dad who played football in college. His father was an offensive lineman for the Chico State Wildcats.


         After college, Ed and Darla continued living in Chico, California. They married and became parents to three boys. Aaron was their middle child, sandwiched in between Luke (now 33) and Jordan (now 27). While all three Rodgers boys grew up talking football, Aaron is the only one of the three to achieve Super Bowl fame.  His younger brother, Jordan, played college football and continued on to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He retired very recently due to the lack of a starting position. Luke never played in college or on a semi-professional team.                                                                       


Top Row:Luke Rodgers

Middle Row from Left to Right:

Aaron, Darla, and Ed Rodgers

Bottom Row:Jordan Rodgers


     Aaron sprang into football very early in life. At age two, he was watching full NFL games without fidgeting or becoming distracted. Toddlers are usually in constant motion, but not Aaron. Amazingly enough, as a toddler Aaron could remain focused on a four hour game?!

     He continued to show a precocious PRI-KOH-SHUHS [adjective: unusually advanced mental development] interest in the game, when, at age five, he could rattle off the statistics STUH-TIS-TIKS [noun: the numerical facts or data themselves] on every single football card he owned. And he collected a lot!

     As a kid, Aaron stood out not just for his impressive knowledge of football but also for his growing athletic talent. By the time he entered kindergarten, he could identify the ways in which professional players handled the ball and he could throw a football with such precision PRE-CI-SION [noun: the quality, condition or fact of being exact and accurate] through a tire hanging from a tree.  He appeared on TV twice and in Sports Illustrated Kids once for winning some throwing contests. 

     Everyone knew from a young age, Aaron was a gifted athlete. He played baseball almost as well as he did football and starred for his Little League team. His childhood neighbor once commented knowing the family of three boys who grew up next door, she never worried about Aaron breaking a window because he was always so accurate with his throws.

    More importantly, when an old friend of his father's complimented Aaron about being a really good player, he said, " Yeah, but you should see my brother. He's better!" Not many young athletes have such a humble response like Aaron.





Aaron Rodgers did not encounter instant success as a budding football star. Although he was a Grade A high school student and set a number of school passing records as quarterback for Pleasant Valley High School, he was not offered a football scholarship SKOL-ER-SHIP [noun: foundation to provide money assistance to students] from a single college in the United States. Although we may never know exactly why the Division I colleges did not extend scholarship offers to Aaron, it is rumored ROO-MER-ED [verb: to circulate information that is unproven] that his small body size was a factor in their decision making. It would be quite a few years before he reached his 6 foot 2 inch adult height and even longer before he reached 200 pounds. The big colleges did not want to risk taking a chance with a scrawny kid from a small town school.

Aaron then decided to stay close to home and enroll at Butte Community College in Oroville, California (one of Chico's neighboring towns). During his first year there, in 2002, Aaron blossomed into the amazing athlete he was to meant to be. He led the Butte football team to a 10-1 record as their starting quarterback and celebrated with them as they were ranked second in the nation. He was also named his conference's most valuable player (MVP) that same year.

Now, all of a sudden, Aaron Rodgers was back on the Division I list of recruits. Those who passed up on this scrawny kid from a small town school were starting to regret their decision. The University of California at Berkeley was the first to snatch him up. He left Butte in 2003 in favor of Berkeley and became the starting quarterback there for the next two years. During his time at Berkeley, Aaron helped put his team in front of the Heisman committee for consideration of the  the highest honor a college team can receive.


College Years

2005 NFL Draft



      In the midst of lots of praise for his outstanding performance as Berkeley's star quarterback, Aaron Rogers left the college scene a year earlier than expected to enter the NFL draft. On draft night, Aaron was as hyped as if he just learned he had won the lottery. He looked up at the draft board and saw the San Francisco 49ers had the first pick. He was a 49ers fan as a kid living in California and would do anything to be a forty-niner. But his hopes were shattered when the 49er's picked Alex Smith from Utah instead. 

Aaron was predicted to be a top 10 pick, maybe even a top 5 pick but in an unexpected turn of events, he was not chosen until the 24th pick of the first draft round. He was thrilled to have a spot in the NFL and to come on board as a Green Bay Packer. Still, he couldn't help feeling the rug being pulled out from beneath him. As a Packer, he would have to wait a few years to start.

The Packers already had legendary LEJ-UHN-DER-EE [adjective: of, relating to, or of the nature of a legendquarterback Brett Favre leading the team. Brett Favre was in his fourteenth year and was on the doorstep of retirement. Yet, true to his character, Aaron accepted his position with grace and dignity DIG-NI-TEE [noun: state of being worthy of respect], and was determined to prove that the Green Bay Packers did not waste their 24th pick!



     After three long seasons on the bench, Aaron Rodgers finally got some NFL action in 2008. Brett Favre’s contract expired and the Green Bay Packers decided not to renew it. Favre wasn't ready to call it quits so he signed on with the New York Jets, a team in desperate need of a good quarterback. This allowed Rodgers to spring into offensive action and lead the Packers to the playoffs in 2009. Although the Packers were not Super Bowl contenders KUHN-TEN-DERS [noun: people who have a good chance of winning a contest] that year and ultimately lost to the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card round, that meant only one thing for Aaron. He had big shoes to fill as the leader of this Pack!!


2008-2009 Season


Brett Favre "retires"

as a Packer but chooses

to return to the NFL as a New York Jet.

The 2010-2011 Magical Season


     In 2010, Aaron Rodgers exceeded IK-SEED-ED [to go beyond in quantity, degree, rate, etc.] all expectations, and once again led the Packers to the playoffs. The Packers beat the Eagles in the Wild Card, followed by an upset win in Atlanta versus the Falcons. They went onto play their divisional rival, the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game. The Packers won 21-14 and Rodgers was leading his team to the Superbowl in only his second year of professional play. Aaron could not believe how the season unfolded. He felt almost like a kid being told he was going on a trip to Disney World for the very first time.

    Before he set out to play in his first Super Bowl championship game, Rodgers contacted one of his childhood friend's parents. He texted, "Thank you for being there for me throughout my life. Thank you for all the support. Love you. Can't wait to see you."

     The Packers were challenged with a strong Pittsburgh Steelers team in the Super Bowl LXV. Yet, Aaron Rodgers worked his magic and took his team past the Steelers' defense to an impressive 35-21 victory. It was a celebrated moment in Packers history and also gave Aaron his first most valuable player (MVP) honor!

2011-2012 & 2012-2013 Seasons

     In the few years following Aaron Rodgers' Super Bowl win, Aaron provided strong offensive to his team but the team's overall defense was not good enough to put them back in Super Bowl contention.  In fact, the Packers became known as the worst ranked defense in the NFL. However, Aaron Rodgers did not let that prevent him from motivating his team to play their best. He always calmed his team down and told them not to give up.

     This period of Aaron's career was not so memorable for the team, but Aaron still managed to reach a new level of personal achievement. He broke an NFL passing record, with a 104.9 passer rating!

2013-2014 Season

     In November 2013, it looked like the Packers might have another chance at a Super Bowl run. Yet, on a 3rd down play in a game against the Packers biggest rival, the Chicago Bears, Aaron landed hard on his right shoulder after being sacked by the Bears defensive end, Shea McClellin.

     He was out week after week of the remaining season, just praying that his teammates would earn the team a few wins. The team did their best to make Aaron proud and ended the regular season with enough wins to be just a game shy of the playoffs. The NFC North championship game was against none other than the Bears.

     Having regained his strength and with his doctor's blessing, Aaron Rodgers prepared for his comeback in a rematch against the same team that cut his season short. In an incredibly exciting game, with only 40 seconds left on the clock and a score of 28-27 in Chicago's favor, Rodgers launched a deep throw into the hands of Randall Cobb who made the winning touchdown!  It was a moment Aaron and his fans will never forget.

     Sadly, the season did not end with another Super Bowl win for the Packers; they lost to Rodgers' favorite team, the 49ers, in the Wild Card round but Aaron could not have made a more memorable return!  


    In 2015, Aaron Rodgers earned his second MVP award. He wasn't coming off as strong a season as he did in 2011 when the Packers won their Super Bowl title. Yet, he won the award on the strength of his regular season, leading the Packers to a 12-4 record and achieving the second best passer rating in the league's history.

     His coach, Mike McCarthy, was in the audience when Aaron was honored with the award. Days earlier, Mike McCarthy's younger brother had died and he had flown in from the funeral to show support for his star quarterback. "As I was spanning the audience in my speech," Aaron said, "I saw Mike and I immediately choked up because he and I are so close. I forgot the rest of my planned speech because all I could think was him and how hard it must have been to lose a brother. My younger brother and I have a very close relationship and I can imagine how difficult it would be to lose him in that way. I felt his loss." Only five NFL players have been recognized with multiple MVP awards.  Yet, only Aaron would pause at that moment, to share in someone else's suffering.


 MVP Again

Off The Field 

       Although Aaron Rodgers plays hard on the field, he is one of the most sensitive, caring players ever to step foot on the gridiron. He's been a deeply religous person since childhood and it really effects his work ethic on and off the field. He tries to live a life that reflects his faith in God. He has said, "I don't like to get into people's faces. The best way for me is to let my actions talk about my beliefs." Not only has religion been a guiding principle for Aaron Rodgers, his father has also been a true role model for him. Ed demonstrated the humility HU-MIL-I-TY [noun: quality or state of not thinking you are better than anyone] and integrity IN-TEG-RI-TY [noun: quality of being honest and having moral principles] that Aaron now shares. Rodgers points out, "I use that model as I relate to my friends and family, my teamates and my coaches. I want them to see that I really love and care for them as individuals. I try to build relationships."

     Aaron works on many charities such as the MACC Fund, Gold in September, and many other similar organizations that help treat cancer and other life threatening diseases. He was also a nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, for doing good deeds and helping out children in need.


     Everyone talks about Aaron Rodgers as one of the greatest quarterbacks in professional sports.  He is a truly amazing player, who can turn a game around so quickly with a single throw.  In his last game of this season, with everyone in the country watching as it looked impossible for the Packers to win against the Cardinals, Aaron Rodgers proved there was still hope. He turned the game around in the last few seconds, giving his fans the chance to celebrate, if only for a brief moment when Jeff Janis caught his pass to tie the game.

    However, Aaron Rodgers is much more than an NFL great.  He is a humble, caring person who contributes to the greater world through his charitable work and the acts of kindness he extends to everyone who touch his life. Personally, I think Aaron Rodgers is the perfect balance of celebrity CE-LEB-RITY [noun: a famous person] and humanitarian HYOO-MAN-I-TAIR-EE-UHN [noun: a person who actively promotes human welfare], but Rodgers would probably say there is always room for improvement!

Time Line


In 2010, Aaron led the Packers to Super Bowl XLV and won!


In 2005, Aaron Rodgers entered the NFL draft was selected by the Green Bay Packers.


Aaron Charles Rodgers was born on December 2nd, 1983.



In 2015, Aaron earned his 2nd MVP award.





In 2002, he enrolled at Butte Community College and led their football team in a 10-1 season. He later move onto U Cal Berkeley where he set even more college records.


In 2011, Aaron led the Packers 15-1 in the regular season and was given the MVP award. 



At two, he could watch an entire NFL game without distraction.



In 2014, Aaron was injured and broke his collarbone. He came back to win against the Bears at the end of the season.




At five, he could accurately throw a football through a tire.


In 2012, Aaron broke a passing record of 104.9 passes. His current record is 135.5. 



From 1998-2002, Aaron set many records as starting quarterback at Pleasant Valley High School.


Sources Cited





"Packers' Rodgers has deep roots in Chico" by Karen Crouse, New York Times, January 14, 2016






Aaron Rodgers:

2014-2015 Walter Payton Man Of the Year Nominee Video


Aaron Rodgers Surprises Annie and an Entire Neighborhood Video


2016 NFL Playoffs: 2nd Hail Mary Touchdown vs. Arizona Cardinals