Aaron Rodgers: the greatest thing since sliced cheese

There are a few possessions Wisconsinites get to call their own — good cheese, good beer and Aaron Rodgers.

In Wisconsin, he’s a legend and a hero. He won us over by doing the unthinkable and filled the shoes of our previous hero, Brett Favre. In just five seasons, Rodgers has been named MVP, gave the cheeseheads another Super Bowl title to boast about and became a television star with State Farm’s “discount double-check” commercials.

Rodgers appeared on the cover of the Aug. 12 edition of Sports Illustrated. The article, “Aaron Rodgers: The Voice of Wisconsin,” has been shared on social media a lot lately. In it, Michael Rosenberg said, “(Rodgers) has become the voice of Wisconsin because of his ability to combine stellar play on the field with genuine likability off it.”

In April, when he signed a five-year contract extension, he showed fans his commitment to the Green Bay Packers, and to Wisconsin (the $100 million agreement may have been a factor as well).

I wonder though, if there is anything that could break the spell that 12 has on Wisconsin?

Being the highest paid quarterback in the NFL comes with some serious expectations from Packer fans. You better beat “Da Bears.” You better win another Super Bowl. You better not be juicing PEDs like your buddy Ryan Braun. Most of all, you absolutely better not sign with the Vikings after your contract is up.

If none of those things happen, could a losing season do it?

The Pack Attack fell to 1-2 after Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Rodgers threw two interceptions, completed 26 of 43 passes totaling 217 yards and threw just one touchdown pass. I wouldn’t quite consider this performance $22 million-per-year worthy.

There are currently six quarterbacks in the NFL who have a higher completion rating. To rub salt in the wound, those six include Andy Dalton of the Bengals, a team that just defeated the Packers after the cheeseheads scored 30 unanswered points; Tony Romo, who led the league in interceptions last year and one of the biggest laughing stocks in football, Jay Cutler of the infamous Bears.

What did Jay Cutler do after winning the Super Bowl? He turned off his Xbox — Zing!

In all seriousness though, I’m impressed Jay — 3-0 and leading the NFC North. Rodgers, why aren’t we up there?

Is the weight of the cheeseheads on Rodgers’ shoulder (pad) too heavy for him to bear?

Until this year’s win against the Redskins, the Packers went 44 straight games without a 100-yard rusher. Head coach Mike McCarthy’s second round draft pick, Eddie Lacy, was designed to take some pressure away from Rodgers, however Lacy suffered an injury in week two.

It must be awful lonely, standing five yards back in shotgun formation with no available running backs left to block a blitzing linebacker, but luckily for the sake of Rodger’s impending concussion, a bye next week will give the banged-up team some recovery time.

Injuries are pounding the Packers, and with nine starters on injured reserve, Rodgers suddenly isn’t the God of all quarterbacks anymore.

There’s no Batman without Robin. The fact is, Rodgers can’t be a hero without Jordy Nelson to go up and grab the passes that aren’t perfect, a healthy offensive line to protect him and brick walls for running backs to block in the backfield.

All jabs aside, Rodgers is the voice of Wisconsin. In the SI article, Rodgers said, “I’m a Wisconsin guy. I’m here nine months out of the year. This is home for me.”

Win or lose, Wisconsinites will always love Rodgers. We love his handlebar mustache that appears by surprise each season, his playful antics on the sidelines with players and referees and we love any excuse to whip out a “discount double-check,” for even the smallest of life’s victories — and for that, we thank you, Rodgers.