Does anyone else feel like the first-time Super Bowl jitters do not apply to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers?
There’s all kinds of evidence to suggest the Super Bowl-experienced signal caller has an advantage over a guy making his first appearance in the game, but Rodgers has always been unflappable, whether it be dealing with Brett Favre or playing a football game. Granted, this is the biggest game of his life, but I really don’t see any reason it should be any different for Rodgers.
I feel even more strongly after hearing about Rodgers’ and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s activities this week.
Tuesday night, Roethlisberger took his offensive linemen out for dinner, which is absolutely fine. He also drank some booze and performed a really bad rendition of Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ before leaving at 1 a.m. By the looks of the video, he was pretty drunk.
Rodgers, on the other hand, had some dinner and went back to his room to watch film.
“I haven’t been out carousing,” Rodgers said. “I am a homebody, so I’ve been spending a lot of time in my hotel room watching film. I think it is important at the same time that you are sticking with your normal routine. I like to go out to dinner when I’m back home in Green Bay so I’ve gone out to dinner, to a couple of really nice spots, and then come home, relax and watch film.”
Roethlisberger obviously owns the intangible of “experience” in the big game — so much so, we should probably just call it “Roethlisberger” from here on out — so there’s really no need for him to do any preparation at all.
Rodgers and the Packers probably shouldn’t even show up on Sunday. I mean, how will they ever overcome all of Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ Roethlisberger?
See what I did there?
Yeah, I’ll take Rodgers over Roethlisberger and his Roethlisberger any day.