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The Best Aaron Rodgers Quotes to Teach You About Leadership

Despite his tendency to stir up controversy, the quarterback has delivered plenty of wisdom since entering the NFL.

Aaron Rodgers quotes about leadership, confidence, and the underdog mentality
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Not many people know this, but before he was an NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers was a lightly recruited prospect from California.

He received no Division I offers out of high school and kept his list of rejection letters for motivation.

Instead, Rodgers took a scholarship from Butte Community College – a junior college near his hometown.

He threw 28 touchdowns in his lone season there and parlayed it into an offer from UC Berkeley.

Since his infamous draft day freefall in 2005, Rodgers used that chip on his shoulder to carve out a Hall of Fame-worthy career.

And despite his tendency to stir up controversy, the quarterback has delivered plenty of wisdom since entering the NFL.

Here is our collection of the best Aaron Rodgers quotes of all time – sourced from pre-game speeches, media appearances, and post-game interviews throughout his career.

The Best Quotes From Aaron Rodgers

Quote from Aaron Rodgers: I've just kinda always kept those doubters on my mind and enjoyed the opportunity to prove those people wrong.

1.) “I’ve just kinda always kept those doubters on my mind and enjoyed the opportunity to prove those people wrong.” – Aaron Rodgers

2.) “It changes, I think, after a while from that chip on your shoulder to prove everybody wrong, to challenge yourself to play at a high level every year.” Aaron Rodgers

3.) “I’ve always felt like my skills have been underappreciated. I’ve been overlooked, and I’ve had a chip on my shoulder. And felt like I deserved an opportunity.” – Aaron Rodgers

4.) “Confidence is something I’ve never really lacked…that, to me, is the most important quarterback trait. Because you have to have confidence in yourself in order to instill confidence in your teammates.” Aaron Rodgers

5.) “Far too much weight is put into your height, your weight, your 40 time, your bench press. The things you can’t measure: your character, your confidence, your mental toughness, your physical toughness…not as much weight is put into that.” – Aaron Rodgers

6.) “Fortunately enough, I was able to fly under the radar. I think it’s the best thing that happened to me.” – Aaron Rodgers

7.) “I was able to pass up a number of guys [who were] highly recruited, highly touted who maybe didn’t have that same feeling of needing to prove themselves all the time, and I did. And it just drove me like crazy.” – Aaron Rodgers

8.) “It’s hard to laugh in a situation when everybody’s laughing at you.” – Aaron Rodgers on his draft night freefall

9.) “All I got to say is when you have to have it, then it becomes real.” – Aaron Rodgers

10.) “I know I’m capable of greatness, and I’m expecting to reach that level.” – Aaron Rodgers

11.) “I care more about being respected – especially by my teammates – than liked.” Aaron Rodgers

12.) “The night is darkest before the dawn and we’re gonna rise again.” – Aaron Rodgers

13.) “I think we all find different ways to get ourselves in the right headspace.” Aaron Rodgers

14.) “Anything that doesn’t have anything to do with winning needs to be assessed.” – Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers quote that says: If you are worried about being liked over being respected then you are never going to stand for anything and you are not going to get respected.

15.) “If you are worried about being liked over being respected then you are never going to stand for anything and you are not going to get respected.” – Aaron Rodgers

16.) “Just enjoy the little moments. It goes by fast, and then you get to be really old and gray, and savoring every little moment. So savor them right now.” – Aaron Rodgers

17.) “Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land: R-E-L-A-X. Relax. We’re going to be OK.” – Aaron Rodgers

18.) “This is a special league that provides you with so many incredible friendships that last longer than your time in the league.” – Aaron Rodgers

19.) “The coaches can only take you so far. You have to want to learn and work.” – Aaron Rodgers

20.) “Leadership can’t be forced or contrived. It has to be your personality.” – Aaron Rodgers

21.) “If I can slow it down in my mind, things will be fine.” – Aaron Rodgers

22.) “I don’t take any satisfaction in having an ‘Oh, OK’ performance. No, I want to have greatness out there.” – Aaron Rodgers

23.) “Be curious. Not judgmental. We are all on our own path.” Aaron Rodgers

24.) “Every year, you’ve got to re-learn how to win.” – Aaron Rodgers

25.) “I just think that sometimes when you’re in a rut, and you’ve lost some games in a row, it’s not a bad thing to kind of embrace that underdog role, embrace the fact that no one’s expecting you to win, and in that scenario you can maybe play a little freer.” – Aaron Rodgers

26.) “You can be a dangerous team when you feel like you have a lot to prove, and when you’re kind of counted out.” – Aaron Rodgers

27.) “Authenticity is everything. You have to wake up every day and look in the mirror, and you want to be proud of the person who’s looking back at you.” – Aaron Rodgers

Is there a quote from Aaron Rodgers that I missed? Drop a comment below and let me know.

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