Don’t expect Aaron Rodgers to take his foot off the gas any time he plays the Chicago Bears, but that’s his way of showing respect.
You can’t have the career Rodgers has had for the Green Bay Packers without getting scores of Bears fans to hate you. Such has been the case for Rodgers, who has responded with a 22-5 career record against Chicago.
His emphatic “I own you” after a game-sealing rushing touchdown at Soldier Field last season only fanned the flames. But as Rodgers explained on “Pardon My Take”, he relishes beating the Bears because of what they represent.
“Yes, because it’s a great sports town,” Rodgers said. “If we’re beating up on a town that doesn’t have a great sports history, it’s just another win. Chicago is Chicago. You’ve got 100 years of Bears football almost, you have the Chicago Bulls, I grew up a Bulls fan.
“Back on my old TV, we had seven dials, you had to hit it just right with the antenna, and we could get WGN. We could watch Cubs baseball and Harry Caray, that was iconic, and Bulls basketball. I grew up watching Chicago sports.”
Rodgers has acknowledged before that he grew up watching Chicago teams, so his admiration for the Bulls, Caray and other things Chicago sports isn’t entirely a surprise. The problem for Chicago fans is he’s using that as motivation to beat the Bears at every turn.
And that approach seems to be working.