Super Bowl live: Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers on indoor practice, routine
Quick hits from the Green Bay Packers' availability this morning at Super Bowl XLV in Dallas:
On practicing indoors at a high-school facility (which, being in Texas, is state of the art)
"They have an indoor, covered 80 yards. It's pretty awesome. ... The roof is lower than our Hutson Center in Green Bay. We didn't attempt to kick, but other than that it's not a big deal [not being able to get outside]."
On preparing for the game: "I haven't been locking myself in my room. I haven't been out carousing. I'm a homebody anyway so I've been spending a lot of time in my hotel room watchin' film as I wind down my evenings. I think it's important at the same time to make sure that you're stickin' to your normal routine. I like to go out to dinner back home in Green Bay, so I've been out to dinner, to a couple of really nice spots and then I come home and wind down and watch film."
Can you overprepare? "Yeah. You start panicking, I think. Definitely you can overprepare. I'm going to stay focused and keep doin' the things I've been doin' the last couple of weeks to prepare. Hopefully, the rest of the team does the same. ... I've been able to keep my same routine."
On leading teammates from all walks of life and what he learned about leadership at Butte College: "I learned a lot about how to motivate guys. As a young 18-year-old, you're trying to learn how to be the field general to guys who've kind of been-there, done-that, had life experience, been in the work force, been in jail, been in the military and had leaders before. Coincidentally, I also took a coaching class at the same point. That was one of my classes at Butte College, an elective class...It was taught by the basketball coach who'd coached for about 40 years and actually played in the NBA. It was a good time for me to take that class and learn how to be a leader and also try to figure it out on my own."
On what he did during the loooooooong Super Bowl halftime show (playing for the Raiders in the Super Bowl XXXVII loss to Tampa Bay): "Took a short nap, watched some reruns of 'The Young and the Restless' ... It is a long halftime. ... It's going to seem like an eternity once you get into that locker room at halftime."
On Cowboys Stadium, particularly the biggiantbiggerthanbig scoreboard: "The scoreboard alone can just make you stare at that thing for hours. ... That's what a billion dollars gets you these days, I guess."
On Rodgers' cool: "The beauty of having a guy like that is that he's a very poised and comfortable guy. I think that he's overcome tons of obstacles and this one is just another one. ... Having gone through the whole [replacing] Brett [Favre] saga and things like that, I think this is probably a breeze for him."
On Donald Driver's 36th birthday: "The old man turned 60 yesterday. We're excited about that, having the oldest guy in the league on our team."
| February 3, 2011; 9:30 AM ET
Categories: Super Bowl XLV
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