Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is returning to the field on Sunday against the 9-4 Carolina Panthers, but he doesn’t want to be looked at as a knight in shining armor.
The Packers are 7-6, and if they go undefeated the final three weeks of the season, they will have a strong chance to make the playoffs. Rodgers has been out for the last eight weeks with a broken collarbone in his throwing shoulder, and the Packers have gone 3-4 in his absence.
Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, but he made it clear that the purpose of his return is simply to continue with his football career.
“Hopefully, it gives a lift to some of the guys, but I’m not coming back to save this team,” Rodgers said, via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “I’m coming back to play quarterback the way I know how to play it. Hopefully, we all raise the level of our play collectively and find a way to win these three games.”
That was actually a perfect quote from Rodgers.
Of course, his goal is to win the next three games and make the playoffs, but he is not going to present himself as some type of hero as the Packers’ last hope for a successful season.
He’s a part of a team and he is letting it be known that he is simply returning to game action to do what he has always done — play quarterback at an exceptional level.