Aaron Rodgers Rips NFL notables on ESPN Radio



As many media members know, Rodgers has been anything but interesting to interview in the past. Sometimes it is hard just to get him to talk. On ESPN Radio Milwaukee earlier this week, Aaron Rodgers uncharacteristically took jabs at ESPN analysts: Tony Kornheiser, Ron “Jaws” Jaworski and even Marcellus Wiley. To be fair to Rodgers, he has been on Homer’s show before, so many of his comments were surely in jest. However, the comments directed towards those not on the show seemed fairly forthcoming. The full interview can be heard here.

by Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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When asked about PTI’s co-host Tony Kornheiser, Rodgers boldly stated:

“Tony’s stuff wasn’t funny at all. He did no research. We’d sit in those production meetings and he would add absolutely nothing to the conversation. I’d be like, ‘What are we doing here? This is stupid.’… You get in there with Tony and he’s asking you all these dumb questions that have no application to the game you are playing or anything you are doing. He’s terrible on [PTI], too.  I don’t think he’s funny. I don’t think he’s insightful. I don’t think knows anything about sports.”

As Eminem says in 8 Mile, “Ward, I think you were a little hard on the beaver.” No doubt, Tony Kornheiser was pretty bad on Monday Night Football and his harassment of Hannah Storm was uncalled for. However, it’s impressive for PTI to be one of the most watched shows on ESPN considering it has a co-host who, “doesn’t know anything about sports,” as Rodgers frankly stated.

Rodgers’ “love” didn’t stop there. The Packers’ quarterback was critical of former Eagles quarterback and current NFL analyst Ron Jaworski, calling his analysis of Rodgers’ fundamentals before the NFL draft, “the worst segment in the history of TV.” He also went on to express his disdain for former Cowboys defensive end and current NFL analyst Marcellus Wiley:

“You look at Marcellus Wiley up there talking about quarterback play. The guy was a defensive end for a few years in the league. He’s not any good.”

Wiley played in the league for ten years, which is eight more than Rodgers. Despite having back-to-back impressive seasons, Rodgers still has a lot to prove, especially if he is going to talk down to seasoned veterans like “Jaws” and Wiley. Plus, calling out analysts behind their backs usually isn’t the best thing for PR.

Justin Mertes-Mistretta is a senior editor for the Sports Bank.net mainly covering the NFL, NBA playoffs, college basketball (Ohio State), and fantasy football. Follow him on twitter at MertesMist_tsb or become a fan of his blog here.

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  1. paulmbanks says:

    I posted this an hour so ago, but then it disappeared WTF??

  2. paulmbanks says:

    I went to one Bears-Packers media day, before the douchy Bears PR gestapo showed up. and rodgers was on conf call, and he was boring as shit, it was laughable how he wouldnt answer anything, so to hear this is pretty cool.

    i like rodgers, a lot. mostly because i hate favre so much. And this makes me like him a lot more

  3. jmccormick says:

    Dude I don’t know if you listened to the whole bit, but he was joshing with Homer during a charity cancer event. Rodgers has been nothing but classy since having to deal with the whole Favre thing (I’m assuming you don’t spend too much time watching Packer games or listening to Rodger talk). He was asked questions about media members, and answered them honestly. He’s never beat around the bush with the media, which is all you can ask from the face of your team.

    I’d take your criticisms a bit more seriously if you weren’t nit-picking parts of the interview so you can rile yourself up (the fact that he praised Trent Dilfer, Troy Aikman, Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Romo were conveniently left out of your piece.). You can dislike an athlete all you want, but don’t take quotes out of context and turn them into Chad Johnson/TO/Randy Moss level arrogance.

  4. jmccormick says:

    P.S. a “PR Nightmare” is Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick, a divided locker room, or Jayson Williams; it’s certainly not an athlete criticizing the media, which happens on a pretty regular basis.

  5. paulmbanks says:

    The “P.R. nightmare.” line is on me, I came up with the headline…and I have to disagree with you. The NFL is the most corporate and sanitized of all leagues, they don’t allow anybody to say anything. And Rodgers has usually been the most boring interview until this.

    I bet you if you talked with the Packers PR, and they actually told you the turth they’re shitting right now

  6. paulmbanks says:

    I like Rodgers a lot more now after this

  7. I took nothing he said out of context. Everything I quoted is word for word what he said. Never did I say that he was TO level arrogant. All I said was that he’s arrogant and you can’t deny that. What do you mean “he was joshing with Homer”? He was clearly serious. I think he made it pretty clear by continuously calling out respected media members. I doubt they found it as joshing. When someone proclaims that they are a top-five quarterback they are subject to nitpicking. By the way, Romo was not left out of my piece. The purpose of this article was to show my opinion of Rodgers’ negative comments. If you want to hear the nice things he said listen to the link I provided.

    Quote from Rodgers the year he took over for Favre, word for word:
    “I don’t feel I need to sell myself to fans. They need to get on board now, or keep their mouth’s shut.”

    There’s a class act for you.

  8. jmccormick says:

    1. He was kidding with Homer about the #4 comment. They’re on a friendly enough basis with each other where they can give and take insults like that; that’s why Homer said something about Tony Romo being a better quarterback.

    2. Taking out of context doesn’t just mean “word for word,” it means picking and choosing the quotes you want and interpreting them independent of the overall picture, which is what you did. The way you wrote this article makes it sound like he was just sitting there ripping everyone in sight a new one, which wasn’t what happened. You can have an opinion about the negative comments, but you also have to recognize the context of the situation and interview as a whole. Otherwise it’s called sensationalizing.

    3. Not sure where you got the line about him thinking he was a top 5 QB; I believe it was Homer that said that, and Rodgers shied away from including himself in that list even as Homer pressed him (again, a display of their “friendliness).

    4. “Respected” media members is subjective. Rodgers’ opinions (Kornheiser sucking on MNF, Jaws being a kiss-ass, Todd McShay knowing nothing about NFL talent, etc.) are pretty commonplace opinions held by athletes and fans alike.

    5. Again, I don’t think you follow the Packers, because Rodgers has apologized for that statement (even though he wasn’t completely wrong), and has already proven he can handle the pressure of replacing Favre. It’s a non-issue. He’s never blown up at a reporter despite the fact that he’s had to answer the same questions about Favre since he was drafted, and has quickly become a huge fan favorite (remarkable considering the Favre situation).

    6. If you want to play the quote game when it comes to being a “class act” how about the one after the playoff loss to Arizona, where Rodgers refused (and still does) to criticize the refs or anyone but himself for his mistakes?

  9. jmccormick says:

    And Paul, you’re probably right. I supposed any non-football press around the team is a big enough distraction that isn’t desirable to deal with. I would still rank this below Johnny Jolly’s love of purple drank and Brandon Underwood’s affection towards Wisconsin Dells strippers on the questions Packers PR doesn’t want to answer haha.

  10. David K. says:

    I dunno… I’ve covered Rodgers since his rookie year and he has been nothing but humble, classy and respectable especially to the media… answering every question that’s been asked in an honest, non pricky way which is saying a lot for an NFL starting QB… even during the whole Favre thing, he stayed classy San Diego… I’m with Jake on this one… this is nit-picking an interview at a CHARITY event with Homer who always jokes around… Rodgers has been the consummate professional since arriving in GB… and if you never heard of the guy or saw how he carried himself and then read this, maybe you would think he is a prick

    and this quote, “Tony Romo has one playoff win to Rodgers’ zero.” yes, 1>0 but Rodgers has also only been the starting QB for 2 years… sorry Rodgers doesn’t know every single statistic about every QB out there…

    I don’t mean to be a prick, but I completely disagree with this article in pretty much every way… you need to understand Rodgers’ tone and the way he kids before you can say that you took everything in “context.”… There is such a thing as hyperbole by the way…

  11. Go Green Bay !!!


  12. umm he looks like a rapest….

  13. i like his eyes!!! HE ROCKERS!!!!! corner back:)

  14. I am an true blue Dallas Cowboys fan…. I am old enough to know and remember Roger Staubach… I also followed and loved the Cowboys when Troy Aikman was the “man” in charge. Aaron Rodgers has impressed me beyond anything that I could possibly describe. I was cheering for him and he exceeded anything that I could have hoped for…… as far as Tony Romo is concerned… he is pretty…. he will remain PRETTY for some time yet… but that is all he will ever be……..

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