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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!
Aaron Rodgers is 6’2, 225 pounds. Many think has the best physical skillset of any quarterback to ever play the game. I’m one of those people.
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.
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, including the school record for passing yards. He was named to the all-section team. Why didn’t any teams 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.
Entering his freshman year of college, he stood 6’2, 200 pounds. His progression from a freshman in high school went something like this.
- 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 2 more inches and put on 15 pounds before his senior season.
Aaron Rodgers went to college at Butte Community College as a freshman. He threw 26 Touchdowns and led Butte to a conference title and had his team ranked 2nd nationally with a 10-1 record.
Cal coach Jeff Tedford was recruiting the Butte tight end, when he saw the tape of Rodgers after the 2002 season. Nobody in division 1 was purposely recruiting Rodgers even at this point.
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 community college.
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.
It didn’t take much watching to see he was a special player.
What Ya Thinking
What were all these coaches and recruiters thinking? If he wasn’t elite after his sophomore season, what’s the point on watching any film after that?
Do the coaches not recruit anymore? Are they just depending on the recruiting services now-a-days? If Rivals.com doesn’t rank you, we’re screwed.
Aaron Rodgers wanted to play at Florida State. This was the era of Chris Rix. The era of if we could get 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.
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.
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.