The reasons Aaron Rodgers went to a junior college

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The reasons Aaron Rodgers went to a junior college. What if Aaron Rodgers had gotten to play college ball at FSU? What if any division 1 school had recruited him. It wasn’t hard to see his talent but nobody would watch him. WTF!

High School

Aaron Rodgers is 6’2, 225 pounds. Many think he has the best physical skillset of any quarterback to ever play the game. I’m one of those people.

Aaron Rodgers at Pleasant Valley
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Is Rodgers release quicker than Dan Marino’s was? I’m not going into all that. He has the best mixture of scrambling, arm strength, accuracy, I.Q, etc.

If you don’t agree with me, you don’t have to? What do I know anyway?

Listen to interviews from some of the best defenders in the NFL, as they talk about him. They always talk about how Rodgers can do things on the field that no one else can.

It wasn’t always that way though.

Pleasant Valley

Rodgers started high school at 5’3 and was 6’0, 180 pounds as a senior. He set records in his two years starting at Pleasant Valley high school, including the school record for passing yards. He was named to the all-section team. Why didn’t any college programs seem to care?

Only Florida State

Aaron Rodgers simply wanted to play for Bobby Bowden at Florida State. He was turned away. No other division 1 teams made an offer to Rodgers either.

Aaron Rodgers playing football in high school
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Rodgers playing at Pleasant Valley

Entering his freshman year of college, he stood 6’2, 200 pounds. His progression from a freshman in high school went something like this.

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  • Freshman 5’3
  • Sophomore 5’7
  • H.S Junior 5’10
  • H.S Senior 6’0
  • College Fr 6’2

Rodgers went to a camp at the University of Illinois. It’s said that he was the best quarterback there. He was offered a walk-on spot with the opportunity to earn a scholarship. He didn’t pass the eye test at the time. It seems that this occurred sometime around his junior season. He would grow two more inches and put on 15 pounds before his senior season.

Butte community college

Aaron Rodgers went to college at Butte Community College since no team would guarantee him a scholarship. He threw 26 Touchdowns and led Butte to a conference title and had his team ranked 2nd nationally with a 10-1 season record. Aaron Rodgers led his team to the NorCal conference championship as a true freshman. If it wasn’t for some luck being on his side, Aaron Rodgers may have had to continue playing football at a junior college.

Aaron Rodgers playing college football at Butte
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Cal-Berkeley

Cal coach Jeff Tedford was recruiting the Butte tight end, when he saw a tape of Rodgers after the 2002 season. Nobody in division 1 was purposely recruiting Rodgers even at this point.

I remember

The first memory I have of Aaron Rodgers in college was during the 2003 Insight Bowl vs. Virginia Tech. This was his Sophomore season. He didn’t have to wait two seasons to transfer because of his grades prior to going to junior college.

Aaron Rodgers playing college football at California
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Folks, I don’t know exactly what Aaron Rodgers was the two years prior to this but in his first season in division 1, he was the Aaron Rodgers we know today.

In this bowl game that he was the MVP. He was 27-35/77.1%/394 yds/2 td-0 int/190.6 rate.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 5,469 yards in his two seasons at Cal. His college career ended after the 2005 Holiday Bowl. Aaron Rodgers would declare for the 2005 NFL Draft.

It didn’t take much watching him to see he was a special player.

What Ya Thinking?

What were all these coaches and recruiters thinking? It seems they’re taking shortcuts. Is it laziness or is the expertise to recruit talent just unavailable to them?

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What’s the process for the websites that rank these players anyway? If a player isn’t elite after his sophomore season of high school, what’s the point of watching any more film on him after that?

Do the coaching staffs not recruit or evaluate talent anymore? Are the coaches solely just depending on the recruiting services now-a-days?

If Rivals.com doesn’t rank you, you’re evidently screwed because Aaron Rodgers was playing at a hall-of-fame level his first season at Cal-Berkeley but a year prior to that the 6’2 super bowl MVP couldn’t get a single school to give him a scholarship.

If any of the people in charge of any of the college football programs in America had watched Rodgers on tape, they would not only have offered him a scholarship but named him the teams starting quarterback. That’s how good he was then. He was Aaron Rodgers. An average fan could spot his talent in just a few minutes.

Their can only be two possible reasons that Aaron Rodgers was stuck at a junior college, either the coaches and their recruiting staffs are all horrible at evaluating talent or they don’t even begin to consider to look at tape on a player unless they are ranked by the websites like scouts.com or rivals.com.

Chris Rix

Aaron Rodgers wanted to play at Florida State. This was the era of Chris Rix. The era of if FSU could’ve gotten dependable play from the quarterback, the Noles could of been a force again in college football.

Aaron was more than dependable. Everything else was in place at FSU, all the way down the depth chart. The Noles won the ACC in 2003 without Aaron Rodgers. Not saying FSU would have won a national title but they would have been a contender. Bowden should have given him Rix’s scholarship.

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Never Stopped

When Rodgers declared for the draft after his junior season. NFL teams started inquiring about why he wasn’t heavily recruited or recruited at all coming out of high school.

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They thought there was something wrong with him, like his intelligence or personality was an issue. The reason Rodgers dropped in the draft is teams even after they were reassured, feared there was a problem with him.

Now they know, the problem wasn’t Aaron Rodgers. It was everyone else evaluating him.

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