CREATED Dec. 5, 2011 - UPDATED: Dec. 5, 2011
GREEN BAY- Once again, the voice of the Packers Wayne Larrivee and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers sit down for an exclusive one-on-one interview on TODAY'S TMJ4. This week, Aaron and Wayne talk about the final drive in the Packers-Giants game, his past birthday and the MACC fund auction.
WAYNE: "Aaron talk to me about the drive. The Giants just tied the game. You have 58 seconds to go. You have one time out remaining. You've got the ball at your 20 yard line. When you go into the huddle, what happens there? What were you saying? What was discussed at that point?"
AARON: "Not a lot was said actually. I think it was a really calm atmosphere inside the huddle. The guys were confident we were going to be able to take the ball down. I think at the same time we weren't really sure of what direction we were going to go. But I knew the first play would be very important. So we broke the huddle, saw the man coverage, made a general just to check out to Jermichael in the outside receiver. And J Mike ran a good route got good separation to put the ball where I wanted to and made a nice catch and run and kind of got that drive going."
WAYNE: "Do you get a little something more as a team out of a win like that where it's all on the line, tie ball game, down the stretch, what does that do for the team?"
AARON: "I think it just gives us a lot of confidence knowing if we get into that situation again that we've done it before this season. We've dealt with that adversity of giving up a lead and them tieing it up. It's more relaxing I think to be able to take a knee there in the last seconds but maybe more rewarding to go down there the way we did it and finish that game off."
WAYNE: "You conducted that drive like a veteran. I understand now you just turned 28 years old. So you are a grizzled veteran here now. How did you celebrate your birthday last Friday?"
AARON: (Laughs) "We had a little get together at a friends' house and a few of the guys from the team were over, had some food. Just real low key. It was a nice relaxing night."
WAYNE: "Northern California approach to birthday right?"
AARON: "Yes. Of course. (Laughs). Down play it, low key."
WAYNE: "MACC Fund auction is coming up. Aaron one of things I wanted to ask, somebody in your position, you could be the voice of, you could front a number of charities. Everybody would love to have Aaron Rodgers at the forefront of their charitable arm. How do you decide what is right for you?"
AARON: "Personally, for me, my heart for kids goes back to when I was in junior college I started hanging out with this young kid in Chiko who was 11 and dealing with childhood cancer. And I was struck by his courage, his inner strength in dealing with this and also very touched by his family. The more I looked into the MACC Fund, the more I realized it was a group of individuals collectively who really cared about making a difference. And it started a long time ago. You know by Midwest athletes who really wanted to make a difference in their community and in their states. And the more that I spend time here in Wisconsin and enjoy this Midwest life and living here, I feel like I have a responsibility to make an impact.And I don't think that I'm the main impact. I think that I'm just a small blip in their overall mission. But it's very rewarding knowing that I can help make an impact."