In an exclusive interview with Bob Costas airing tonight on NBC's “Football Night in America,” Packers QB Aaron Rodgers addresses the new emphasis being placed on illegal hits.
Rodgers was asked by Costas about comments made by high-profile NFL defenders James Harrison and Ray Lewis suggesting that the league’s new guidelines are taking the game in the direction of flag football.
“It’s an interesting situation,” Rodgers said. “You have to evaluate each play kind of separately. Some of the hits are unavoidable. It’s a collision sport. It’s a violent sport. I applaud the NFL in looking for ways to eliminate those unnecessary, malicious hits. I don’t really think they have a place in the game.”
Rodgers went on to say he thought “99 percent of the guys in the league are not looking for that dirty, cheap shot to end a guy’s career.”
Costas also asked Rodgers about how much different it is in Green Bay after a loss instead of a victory.
“It is worse,” Rodgers said. “Just going down to the local store to get my groceries, people are a lot more eager to talk to me after a win the previous week than if you lose.
“You might not get any eye contact. The checkout might not be as kind to you. The pizza guy delivering the pizza might not be as friendly. It’s definitely a different feeling when you lose a game around here.”