That will no doubt be part of the narrative surrounding Aaron Rodgers’ career.
Great quarterback, hopefully multiple-time champion and always had a chip on his shoulder.
The chip has been well-documented. Pretty much from the moment he slid down the first-round of the draft, falling in the Green Bay Packers’ lap in 2005. Rodgers has an uncanny memory when it comes to those who have said negative things about him. At times, he’s been happy to point out how wrong those people were, even years later.
You might think with all Rodgers has accomplished at this point in his career, that old chip on the shoulder might get smaller or disappear.
That’s some German right there, because I’ve always felt the word no is much more impactful when you say it in German.
Rodgers appeared at a business and leadership conference for financial professionals (sounds super-exciting!) in San Diego over the weekend. He appears to have been the keynote interview, filling in for an absent Serena Williams, and he talked about his motivation.
It hasn’t changed.
“In business and athletics, you’ve got to be self-motivated and continue to be so,” Rodgers said. “Find sources of motivation and harness them. Never settle. Never. [It’s about] continuous improvement.”
“I have a deep personal desire to be great and to have the satisfaction of proving people wrong.”
Look, proving people wrong is awesome. It’s great motivation and we find nothing wrong with it.
We do, however, find it interesting that Rodgers continues to use it. Minus some struggles in 2015 and early 2016 where he was deservedly criticized, Rodgers is almost universally praised.
Who does Rodgers have left to prove wrong at this point? I would think his primary motivation now should singular.