The Time He Threw Six TDs in One Half
Anytime any NFL record is tied or broken, you know that you have swagger. But when that record consists of throwing six touchdown passes in a single half, that swag-o-meter goes through the roof. This is precisely what happened when Rodgers shredded the Chicago defense for 315 yards and six TDs in the first half of a Week 10 thrashing of the rival Bears earlier this year, 55-14. For any haters out there wondering “Hey, it’s not like he broke the record, so what’s the big deal?” Well considering that the record for most total TDs thrown in a game is seven, and factoring in the reality that Rodgers watched from the sidelines during the entire second half, it’s a pretty darn impressive feat nonetheless. Had he played the entire game, he probably would have re-written the entire record book.
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Every Time He Hits The “Discount Double Check”
What started out as a small, light-hearted gesture in a practice session during the Packers’ 2011 championship run quickly turned into a permanent swag symbol synonymous with Aaron Rodgers’ incredible skill. His “Discount Double Check” celebration took a life of its own that season and was cemented in football lore thanks to an eventual Super Bowl win by the Pack. The celebration, backed by Rodgers’ incredible play on the field, suddenly took a life of its own. Rodgers soon witnessed both teammates and players from opposing teams adopting his celebration after making big plays. One unfortunate defender even tore his ACL while trying to do the “belt” celebration after sacking Rodgers.
The “Discount Double Check” went on to make in impact even beyond the football field. It fueled a full-fledged State Farm advertising campaign with Rodgers at the helm. That type of influence is reserved solely for individuals with swagger.
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No five letters have reverberated throughout the league louder this year than Aaron Rodgers‘ “R-E-L-A-X” message to Packers fans following a surprisingly slow start to the 2014 NFL season. Since that magical moment, Rodgers has been on an absolute tear, throwing for an astounding 32 touchdowns and just three interceptions, and leading his team to eight wins in the last nine games. As a result, his team sits pretty atop the NFC North once again, and all seems to be well in Green Bay. What I explained just now is called swag, and Aaron Rodgers has a lot of it. In fact, I’m going to take this moment to officially put Webster on notice that the word swag needs to be added to the dictionary with a picture of No. 12 alongside it.
OK, putting my unshakable love for the Green and Gold aside and taking a more realistic approach, I’m well aware that this will never come to fruition, but it should. Why? Because Rodgers is one of the most swagged-out human beings not just on the football field, but perhaps on the face of the earth. A guy that’s been underrated since he came into the league is now regarded as the best to ever do it—that’s no fluke either. You may be familiar with his skill and talent level by now, but something tells me that you’re still casting doubt on the man’s level of swag. Well I’m here to set the record straight.
With A-Rod ready to celebrate his 30th birthday, let’s take this moment to look back at 5 Moments When Aaron Rodgers Had More Swag Than Anyone on Earth.
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