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Rodgers stands by Pro Bowl criticism

Feb 07, 2012 -- 9:00pm
Associated Press

GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers didn’t necessarily feel vindicated about his recent comments about the Pro Bowl, but the Green Bay Packers quarterback wasn’t surprised on Super Bowl Sunday when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike In The Morning that he would consider putting an end to the Pro Bowl if it continued to be such a disappointing exercise.

Speaking on the season finale of his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee and ESPN Madison Tuesday, Rodgers said he did get some negative reaction for questioning the effort level of some of his NFC teammates in the Jan. 29 game but stood by what he said.

“I wasn’t looking for any vindication when I said that,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “I think what the listeners of this show have come to expect is there’s going to be a lot of honesty during our time talking. I think the fans have gotten a good insight into my opinions, my life off the field, my thoughts about football and other subjects. I’m going to be as honest as I want to be.

“In that situation, I spoke about some strong feelings that I really believed in. There were some negative comments about it, but I think in general it was the thoughts of just about everyone who participated in the game or watched the game. And whether or not they wanted to say it, I was willing to say it. I haven’t backed down from it, still wouldn’t back down from it. I wasn’t surprised by the commissioners’ comments that not only are they thinking about changing the format but eliminating it completely.”

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