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Aaron Rodgers sees every Packer is different finds 52 ways to motivate

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Donald Driver was getting dressed for the game at St. Louis two years ago when Aaron Rodgers came over and handed him the game program.”Read this,” Rodgers said.The article referred to Green Bay’s veteran receiver being past his prime and too old to make any impact. Driver, who has made a 13-year NFL career out of proving his detractors wrong, felt his blood boil. And then he caught four passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.”That’s something that I love about Aaron — he knows how much I love criticism,” Driver said. “People tell me I can’t do it; I prove them wrong. Soon after that at Detroit, I ended up winning the Gobbler. Pam Oliver said after the game something like, ’The old man does it again.’”That was very, very motivating for Aaron to walk up to me and show me that. It was motivation to go out there and play at a high level. And he continues to push me now.”The Packers’ elite quarterback is familiar with the power of motivation.From the kids on the high school bus who said he’d never make it to the colleges and their rejection letters to the teams that passed on draft day to the boo-birds on Family Night. People said he couldn’t run, was made of glass, couldn’t rally in the fourth quarter and couldn’t live up to the legacy of you-know-who.He’s used every one.And now he finds ways to motivate his teammates.With a look, or a word or a simple show of support, Rodgers prods his teammates to give more. There is no one formula for reaching 52 other guys. And that’s the secret. Rodgers studies his teammates to come up with the best method to push them.”That’s why he has so much success,” backup quarterback Graham Harrell said. “It’s not just how well he plays but how he can get other guys to play around him.”Rodgers is playful with the defensive linemen in practice, but if you play with him on offense, you do not want The Look.It’s practice, and tight end Tom Crabtree makes a rare mistake. He looks up. Rodgers has zeroed in.”It’s a pretty good look. It’s pretty constructive,” Crabtree said. “But it’s good to make those (mistakes) in practice, because then you definitely don’t make it in a game.”A drop in practice. A mental error. A half-effort. Those will get the icy cobalt blue stare just long enough to make the receiver feel a little guilty, but most important — aware.

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