Rodgers not going to stop "title-belt" celebration
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has ruffled a few feathers with his "title-belt" celebration following touchdowns, but don't expect him to stop doing it.
After big touchdowns, Rodgers pretends to don a championship belt, something he started in practice as a way to encourage teammates on the scout team.
"A lot of times, on the scout team, you've got guys who wish they were starters, or older guys who aren't playing, or important backups who might not want to put as much effort into the scout team as you do as a quarterback trying to make that your whole game," said Rodgers, who spent his first three seasons in Green Bay as a backup to Brett Favre.
"So, I just tried to make it fun. So, the celebrating kind of grew and the guys enjoyed it."
After the overtime loss to Arizona last season in an NFC wild-card playoff game, Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett slammed Rodgers for the belt celebration.
In the Packers' playoff victory over Atlanta last weekend, Falcons defensive end John Abraham sacked Rodgers and then mocked the belt celebration.
"It's not the first time someone has done that," Rodgers said at his Wednesday news conference.
"The whole title-belt thing is never meant to be toward anybody. It started at practice, and it's not meant to show up people. But some people, the Cardinals last year, there were different players, John Abraham decided to do it against me.
"So, not a big deal."
Rodgers' teammates seem to enjoy it, so don't expect anything to change.
"I don't know if it pumps us up, but it's fun, especially when you get a guy like John Abraham doing it after a sack and then (Rodgers) is able to run in for a score," wide receiver Greg Jennins said.
"I'm on the sideline like, 'Give him the belt again, give him the belt again.' But it just shows his emotion. Obviously, I don't think it's directed at anybody, but it's just something fun that he does. We get excited when we see it because we know that he's made a play or we've made a play as an offense."
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