BOUNTY OR NOT, AARON RODGERS FEELS LIKE THE DEFENSE IS TRYING TO TAKE HIM OUT EVERY GAME - "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY
He isn't sure whether anyone is being paid extra to hurt star players like himself, but Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is sure about one thing - bounty or not, the other team is trying to take him out every game. Scott Pelley interviews the former Super Bowl MVP and "Leader of the Pack" for a 60 MINUTES story to be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 4 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
It was reported that at least one team, the New Orleans Saints, had a bounty system paid to its players for knocking certain opponents out of the game. Rodgers has withstood many sacks and has suffered at least two concussions. "Every game I feel like they're trying to take me out. Now I don't know about money. I've never felt there's been money on my head," he tells Pelley. "The defense is trying to either knock you out of the game or knock you out of your rhythm. It's everything from trash-talking to borderline late hit to a dirty play," says Rodgers.
Rodgers, who now has the highest NFL passer rating and boasts the lowest interception percentage in league history, doesn't rule out that there could have been other teams offering bounties. "Could have been. I think it's got to be in your mind. It's not outside the realm of thinking that there could have been other teams that had similar systems," says Rodgers.
Even if he is thinking about players taking him out, it's not a feeling he would externalize. When the team is down, he says he shows them "that I'm not worried. Even if I might be a little bit inside. I think, you know, your demeanor and your attitude is so very important if you want to encourage those guys."
60 MINUTES cameras also capture the spirit of Green Bay, or "Title Town," on game day, and Pelley speaks to several fans who proudly own a piece of the Packers, the only non-profit, community-owned sports franchise in the country.
Rodgers also gets some praise and a little ribbing from his teammates Greg Jennings and Clay Matthews in their interview with Pelley.