After thinking about the debate we had last night about Aaron Rodgers and if the Packers should sit him to protect him from long term damage, I felt like I had to post some more comments on the topic.
First off Rudy says that they should sit Rodgers out because the season is a lost cause, that even if they make it in they are going to be a one and done team. This may look to be true, this is the NFL anything can happen on any given Sunday. I am not going to say that the Packers could be Super Bowl bound but if they catch momentum at the right moment that's just right where they could end up, so in my mind to sit Rodgers out due to the fact that the Packers don't look as sharp right now as they may have at the begining of the year, their is still a chance that they could be sharp again and I am sure that Aaron Rodgers would want to lead them if that happens.
That leads me to another thing that got me thinking about Rudy's comments last night. Rudy says that he cares more about Rodgers health rather than two games. The thing I believe he would be singing a different tune if Rodgers suffered his second concussion back when they were 7-3, would you sit him for the year....or maybe a game...ok MAYBE two.
Last thing about Rudy caring about the long term health of Rodgers or any other player. Not saying he is wrong, I mean his heart is in the right place and all but come on man! Have you ever thought that Rodgers knows the risk and is willing pay some sort of price, this is the NFL, they don't have to ask their mothers to sign permission slips. This might be a cold hearted way to look at it but everyone who suits up in the NFL, or ANY other professional sport knows that there are risks to take and that it could effect you when you retire. Rodgers said this week that when he was away from his team that it was a glimpse of his life after football and he missed the game very much....this is a guy that wants to play now.
I know there are different circumstances with different injuries and situiations (ie the 5-9 Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo) but Rodgers wants to play now and get in the playoffs this year, like Rudy said every case is different and I feel that the doctors took a look at this situation and seen that the risk is not that much greater for a repeat concusision, so they cleared him.
So Packers fans lets just hope Rodgers and the rest of the team can stay healthy to make it to the post season, win those two games because hey it's not guarentee that you will be in this spot next year or even if they are playing football at all.....Sometimes you just have to live in the moment.