After a rather full 24 hours, which included winning a Super Bowl, the MVP award, and going to Disney World, Aaron Rodgers then flew to New York to finish the day on Letterman.
I watched the segment, which included a completion from Rodgers to Letterman (and a lucky audience member getting the football). There were some great quotes from Rodgers. Here they are, taken from the video (edited version on Letterman’s site, here: full interview on youtube, here).
I do have to be one of the leaders… but it takes multiple leaders to have a locker room that functions properly.
I think a number of reasons: one, I wasn’t, you know – even today, I’m not gonna be the guy who pops out as – you know, I’m not 6-5, I’m not 240, I don’t run a 4.5 40. But I think a lot of times, the things you can’t measure are often the things that give people the most success.
You’ve really got to put some time in… surrounded by great people, but I care about my job.
(Letterman: What is your greatest asset?) I think my confidence, which comes directly from my preparation. I put the time, and I watch film, I study our game and I practice hard so I go into the game and I expect to play well.
The biggest change in my development was that off-season, when I said, you know what, I want to be the best in my position, so I need to make sure that I take the steps this off-season to put myself in a position to be successful.
Here are my thoughts/observations:
#1 – other people work just as hard (Peyton Manning, for one), so it takes more than hard work.
#2 – but, this level of success cannot be achieved without the hard work.
#3 – that hard work has to be demonstrated “year round,” in the “off-season.” With lots of emphasis on working on what will make you better.
#4 – it takes confidence. And confidence comes from thorough preparation.
#5 – you have to earn the position of leader. And then you have to lead. And then, you have to be willing to share the leadership. It takes a leadership team to lead a larger team.
#6 – and, don’t forget, it takes a team. You have to count on others, you have to rely on others. And, any one on the team who slacks off on work ethic, or preparation, can bring the whole team down.
#7 – and, it takes a positive environment aimed toward, calling for, success. The “locker room” is as important as the practice field and the game field.
All of this sounds like “well, of course” common sense. But Rodgers understood it, recognized it, and then, did it!
Success belongs to those who plan well, and then execute even better!