Clay Matthews, Aaron Rodgers Featured On ‘sunday Night Football’ Opener

Aaron Rodgers disappointed and shocked by Ryan Braun’s suspension

Both linebacker Clay Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be among the 13 NFL players who join the country superstar for the premiere of Waiting All Day for Sunday Night to open SNF on Sept. 8 with a game between theNew York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. In addition to Matthews and Rodgers, players featured in the opening include Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis. Waiting All Day for Sunday Night is set to the original Joan Jett song, I Hate Myself for Loving You. This is the first season Underwood has taken over duties from Faith Hill, who performed it from 2007 to 2012. Pink did the honors during the inaugural season of SNF in 2006. Coverage of the first SNF game of the season begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 with Football Night in America on NBC. The question remains as to whether some Packers fans will be able to see the broadcast. As Clay Matthews Elite Jersey of press time, Time Warner Cable and Journal Broadcast Group still had not resolved a contract dispute that has taken WGBA, Channel 26, off the air for Time Warner customers in the Green Bay area.

Ranking the QBs: Aaron Rodgers is still the top man

(Jeffrey Phelps / Associated Press / June 9, 2011) By Austin Knoblauch It might be awhile before Aaron Rodgers believes anything Ryan Braun says. The Green Bay Packers quarterback believed Braun when the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder told him he didn’t take performance-enhancing drugs. With Braun accepting a 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball drug policy, Rodgers realizes Braun lied to him — and he isn’t really happy about it. I was shocked, I really was, just like many of you were,” Rodgers said. “I was backing up a friend. He looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations and said they were not true. So, it is disappointing, not only for myself as a friend, but for obviously Wisconsin sports fans, Brewer fans, really baseball fans. It doesnt feel great being lied to like that and Im disappointed in the way it all went down. Rodgers and Braun are friends and the two sports stars co-own a restaurant in Milwaukee. Last year, Rodgers defended Braun against doping allegations, telling a follower on Twitter he’d bet a year’s salary that Braun was clean. No word on whether Rodgers intends to honor the tongue-in-cheek $4.5-million bet. @toddsutton ya I’d put my salary next year on it.

Were going to have to find that connection here in the next couple of weeks. NOTES: The Packers went from three kickers to two when they released Giorgio Tavecchio, who had competed with incumbent Mason Crosby throughout camp until Zach Ramirez signed Sunday. McCarthy did not rule out the possibility of Tavecchio returning, however. I told him in a meeting really hes still part of the competition, McCarthy said. . Crosby and Ramirez will go head-to-head in practice on Tuesday, McCarthy said. … Cornerback Tramon Williams, out since July 27 with a bone bruise in his knee, was back in action, working on the scout-team defense. I still dont want to go out and say that I will be there Week 1 but for me to be out here now, I think its definitely a possibility, Williams said. … McCarthy said running back DuJuan Harris, who reinjured his knee against Seattle, is getting a second opinion. …

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers not getting many snaps this preseason, coaches not worried about it

29. EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills If hes healthy, Manuel will start for the Bills in his rookie season. At Florida State, he was an inconsistent quarterback, though he has a good head for the game and impressed a lot of people at the Senior Bowl. 30. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars Through two NFL seasons, Gabbert has shown very little. Now, hes not just fighting for a starting spot in Jacksonville hes battling to prove that he can play in this league at all. 31. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets Sanchez hasnt proven much more, though hes certainly paid like he has. Hes got a reasonably good arm, but his decision-making processes can be unfortunate under the best of circumstances, and one wonders if hell ever succeed without a change of scenery.

My Sportsman: Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

NFL teams are operating under a relatively flat salary cap, and the chart shows how large the annual cap numbers have been in the most recent contract agreements for elite quarterbacks. It might be difficult for Rodgers to argue for future veterans if his cap number limits the Packers’ flexibility. To me, however, the answer is simple. The only value in taking a hometown discount is public relations. There is no reason to believe it would impact the Packers’ future team-building. Rodgers has acknowledged his role as the “face of the franchise” and the Packers undoubtedly love having one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks on their roster. I know many of you think of him as the type of player who doesn’t care about the difference between $15 million and $22 million. That might well be the case. But Rodgers would be naive to assume that the Packers or any NFL team would capitalize on the discount — at least not in the desired fashion. There are no quid pro quos in the NFL, and if you don’t believe me, look at what has transpired this offseason between the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady . As NFC West blogger Mike Sando and I discussed on the Inside Slant podcast, Brady signed a contract extension that added $3 million in guarantees to his current deal but locked him in to below-market salaries for the 2015, ’16 and ’17 seasons.

Aaron Rodgers and a ‘hometown discount’

There are things that he went through that no one knows about. Just do your job. Play football. And the benefits are great when you just hang tough. Don’t play the victim. Don’t complain.” Now the benefits are measurable. One Super Bowl. Seventeen consecutive wins and maybe soon, another Super Bowl. Maybe more after that with a young team just hitting its prime. Maybe someday a trip to Canton.

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