Aaron Rodgers doesn’t regret yelling “I own you!” To Bears fans in Packers Week 6 win
Aaron Rodgers’ tackle against Brian Urlacher in the 2010 NFC Championship game remains his enduring moment against the great rival of the Packers. But Sunday “I own you!” statement to Bears fans is pretty close. Rodgers made the comments after scoring the deciding touchdown in Green Bay’s 24-14 win at Chicago last Sunday.
Rodgers’ statement immediately went viral. And while it was a hot topic in the days after the game, Rodgers has no regrets at the moment. Rodgers said the emotion was also a byproduct of the silence of some of his detractors who questioned his mobility.
“I was definitely on the spur of the moment”, Rodgers said of his comments to Bears fans during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show”. “I’m proud of my races. There have been local media outlets in Green Bay that have talked endlessly about my diminishing ability to get out of my pocket and shake things up. So having an explosive run on my first possession… and being able to get the old dummy pump to work in the end zone was pretty special. “
Rodgers detailed what was going on in his head just before making the comments that have already been added to the rich history of the Packers-Bears rivalry.
“When I got down on my knees and looked up all I could see and hear was obscenity,” Rodgers said. “I don’t know, it was just on the spur of the moment, hit my mind.… I wasn’t planning on telling the crowd I owned them. I think based on that. From the statistical benchmark of my career winning percentage there and against them, we’ve certainly done some good things. “
Rodgers is right. Sunday’s victory over Chicago gave Green Bay a 102-95-6 lead in the series. Since Brett Favre’s first season at Green Bay in 1992, the Packers are 45-15 against the Bears, with Rodgers going 22-5 against the Bears. The most significant of those wins was Green Bay’s 21-14 victory over Chicago in the 2010 NFC Championship game. The Packers won the game at Soldier Field before defeating the Steelers to claim the fourth Super Bowl title of the franchise.
“I know I’ve used ‘I’ a few times, but I feel like it’s something from us,” Rodgers said of the Packers’ recent dominance over the Bears. “Since Favre took over we have turned this whole series around. I think when Favre took over we were in double digits [behind Chicago] in the all-time series… and now we’re seven. It feels good to be on that side. It was a special moment in hindsight. I didn’t know how crazy it would get. … I loved the response from my teammates who supported me. ”
The moment was celebrated by both players and Packers fans alike and apparently hated by everyone in Chicago. And while his actions only hardened his already icy relationship with Bears fans, Rodgers would likely do it again if he had the chance.
“It was fun,” Rodgers said. “I don’t regret it at all.”
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