Aaron Rodgers on ‘Letterman’: ‘I’m more of a leader by example’ (video) — The NFL’s MVP for Super Bowl XLV, Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman Monday night. Mr. Rodgers was in New York just 24 hours after his team won the Super Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Rodgers was asked about his unusual background coming into the sport. Unlike many football players who are recruited out of high school onto college teams, he played for a community college first. He said playing for Butte Community College was a good experience, and then he was recruited by University of California–Berkeley from there.
David Letterman wanted to know how many different plays they ran during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
“Mike [McCarthy, head coach] likes to repeat some calls sometimes, especially if they work,” Mr. Rodgers joked. “We only had about 60 plays in the game, so we probably ran about 40 different plays.”
Does the quarterback always have to be the leader of the team, Mr. Letterman wanted to know, or can another player lead the team. He was curious about the role of Charles Woodson behind the scenes, for example, a defensive back on the team.
“I do have to be one of the leaders,” Mr. Rodgers said. “I think it takes multiple leaders to have a locker room that functions properly. Thankfully, a guy likes Charles; he comes in with his reputation, his experience, and the way he plays, and he’s got instant credibility with the guys. He’s really taken more of a speaking role in the locker room, and me, I’m more of a leader by example.”
At the end of Monday’s interview, David Letterman asked the quarterback to throw him a pass in the studio. “Don’t hurt me,” he joked. The ball went straight to the talk show host from some distance away, and Letterman made a clean catch.
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