Aaron Rodgers on Brett Favre; other reaction from players, coaches
The Green Bay Packers win their 13th NFL championship (fourth Super Bowl victory) in 80 years with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the game's MVP, on replacing Brett Favre: "I've never felt like there's been a monkey on my back. The organization stood behind me and believed in me and that's what I did on the podium [on the field]. I thanked Ted [Thompson] and Mark [Murphy] and Mike [McCarthy] for believing in me and giving me the opportunity. I told Ted, back in 2005, he wouldn't be sorry with this [draft] pick. And I told them in '08 [when Favre was allowed to leave] that I was going to repay their trust and get us this [Super Bowl] opportunity."
On winning his first championship: "I'm going to enjoy the hell out of this one."
Immediately after winning: "This is a great group of men that we've put together here -- a lot of character, we've been through a lot together. It's just great to be able to share it with them."
Now headed to the after party baby!! Where's my champange!
GB Coach Mike McCarthy: "You've already said it, it was the great resolve of our football team. We had some practice with guys going down and other guys stepping up.It was a very emotional halftime for our football team. We had some bumps in the third quarter, but just a tremendous effort and Coach Lombardi's trophy is going back home."
GB wide receiver Greg Jennings: "It's a great day to be great, baby. To God be glory. We've been a team that's overcome adversity all year. Our captain goes down, emotional in the locker room. Our No. 1 receiver goes down, more emotions are are goin' flyin' in the locker room but we find a way to bottle it up and exert it out here on the field."
GB President Mark Murphy: "We have the best fans in the league and we couldn't have done it without you. The Vince Lombardi Trophy is coming back to Green Bay."
GB General Manager Ted Thompson: I'm just so very very proud of these guys on this team. they stood up when everybody thought they were down. They never quit trying, they never quit believing. This is a tough business, but I'm very, very proud of this team."
Here comes the best play in football.... Victory. Congrats Green Bay, you are where 31 other teams want to be...
Pittsburgh Coach Mike Tomlin on how he'll characterize this game: "A loss. We don't grade on the curve. We're not interested in moral victories and things of that nature. We didn't lay well enough to win. Green Bay did and we tip our cap to 'em."
Asked if the turnovers were lethal: "If you're trying to wrap a bow around it in 10 or words or less, sure. But there were a lot of areas that could have swung the balance the other way and we'll look at every single play and all three phases when we evaluate our performance."
| February 6, 2011; 10:07 PM ET
Categories: Super Bowl XLV
Save & Share: Previous: Cameron Diaz and A-Rod: Eating popcorn takes two people
Next: Packers' Charles Woodson 'real broken up' after breaking collarbone