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On the Phone with McCarthy and Rodgers

Posted by Alex Espinoza on January 8, 2013 – 5:34 PM

It will be something of a homecoming for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Saturday as his Packers will square off against the 49ers in San Francisco. The Chico native and former Cal star has so many ticket requests this week that he took care of his family and told his friends they were on their own.

There was a time when Rodgers dreamed about playing at Candlestick with the 49ers, but as he makes his first career regular season or postseason appearance at the historic stadium, he’ll do so as the enemy.

“A lot of good memories growing up watching Steve Young and Joe Montana on TV and the Super Bowl wins,” Rodgers said on Tuesday’s conference call with the Bay Area media. “Being a 49er fan, that was a team I enjoyed watching and dreamt about playing for. Eight years removed here (from the draft) and I’m obviously real happy with the situation that I’m in.”

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On the Phone with McCarthy and Rodgers

Posted by Jacob Most on September 5, 2012 – 2:57 PM

The 49ers and Packers will meet Sunday afternoon in Green Bay for what will be one of the marquee matchups of NFL Opening Weekend.

Despite the fact that Sunday’s game will pit last season’s top two seeds from the NFC Playoffs, the Packers told the Bay Area media that they are strictly focused on the 2012 season during conference calls on Wednesday.

“It’s exciting just getting out of preseason and playing some games that count,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Playing the Niners you know they are a big-time team. They are a team that has the pieces in place to make a Super Bowl run. They are a team we could play down the line so it’s going to be a great game, a great test for both offenses and defenses. I’m excited to get back out there.”

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said facing a 49ers defense that allowed the second-fewest points-per-game in 2011 will be a tough challenge.

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