Aaron Rodgers: Alex Smith more than a 'game manager'

September 6, 2012, 10:29 pm
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In the 2005 NFL draft, Alex Smith went first overall to the 49ers, while Aaron Rodgers took a tumble to the 24th overall pick, where the Packers finally grabbed him. As it turned out, Rodgers has become a much better quarterback than Smith, but Rodgers takes exception to the suggestion that Smith isnt a fine quarterback in his own right.

With the Packers preparing to play the 49ers on Sunday, Rodgers was asked if he considers Smith a game manager, and Rodgers said he has a problem with that term.

I think that term is a condescending term for quarterbacks, Rodgers said via USA Today.

Rodgers said he admires Smith and is troubled by the lack of respect Smith has received.

I dont think hes a game manager, Rodgers said. I think hes a guy who takes care of the football and makes a lot of plays. I dont think he got the respect that he deserves. Ive been friends with him since we were 21 and Ive followed his career. I definitely pull for him and enjoy watching him play.
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