Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers on rings and sleeping with Lombardi Trophy
Updated at 10:20 a.m.
The biggest news from the Aaron Rodgers/Mike McCarthy presser? The Lombardi Trophy spent the night alone and Rodgers, of all people, missed getting measured for a Super Bowl ring Saturday night. (That probably won't prevent him from getting one.)
Filed a 9:26 a.m.
Aaron Rodgers may be the star of the day-after-the-Super-Bowl press conference this morning, but Commissioner Roger Goodell first took a moment to apologize to fans who were seatless Sunday. Here we go, live...this is a selective, running transcript.
Coach Mike McCarthy: "It was a fun night. ... We had a party back at the hotel. We are a community-owned football team, so you can see all the fingerprints on the [Lombardi] trophy. We passed it around."
On his bold, brassy move of having players measured for rings Saturday night: "I've talked to our football team a lot about having real confidence and those are just opportunities to express that. I felt that the measurement of the rings, the timing of it would be special and have a significant effect on our players, doing it the night before the game. Letting the captains speak before we go out in pregame was frankly a way to develop leadership [in Rodgers and Charles Woodson]."
More, on the rings: "I wish I'd made a bigger deal out of it. I just told 'em 'we're going to get measured for rings tonight and snack.' I thought it was the right time to do it. I talked to [New Orleans Saints Coach] Sean Payton about some of the things he did from a scheduling standpoint. ... I thought that was the appropriate time. I thought it would be special, it would give us a boost of confidence the night before the game. That's about as far as I took it."
Did McCarthy sleep with the trophy? (Hey, past winner have.) "My wife's too good-lookin' to not sleep with her. I didn't sleep with her. The trophy is with our director of security, Doug Collins. I don't know if he slept with it ... "
Rodgers, on no longer being the underdog: "I guess I ran out of motivation, huh? You know what, I'm always looking for challenges. The challenge now goes to repeating, scrutinizing this season, finding out ways to get better. Obviously, having a coach who's a perfectionist and a quarterbacks coach as well, there's going to be plenty of time to work on things and plenty of things to work on. I'm excited about enjoying this, but also to improving."
On having to wait to be picked on draft day, waiting to replace for Brett Favre: "That's kind of been my career there, waiting for an opportunity and making the most of it -- high school, junior college, Division I, being a backup, gettin' overlooked on draft day, three years as a backup, finally getting an opportunity...This was another opportunity last night. They don't come around that often, so I just wanted to make the most of it. We did as a team. It was a great team win and a great group of guys in the locker room."
On what size ring he wears: "I actually missed the little table there and didn't get sized up. I was wonderin' as I was takin' my pregame shower if that was a bad omen or not. ... Hopefully I can still get sized for that."
Whew: "No, I did not sleep with the trophy, either."
On his confidence and cool: "I think early on I missed a couple of throws. I was a little bit hyped up. Never felt the nerves. Again, I say it a lot. It just goes back to my preparation. ... If I put in the time and the proper preparation, I feel like I should be successful on game day. There's not any doubts, the confidence is there. It was no different last night. I felt good about the plan, felt good about the way I practiced, the way I prepared and studied and just knew that I was going to get a lot of opportunities and I expected to make those plays that were going to be there."
| February 7, 2011; 9:26 AM ET
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