On February 6, 2011 AARON RODGERS led the Green Bay Packers to their first National Football League (NFL) championship in 14 years. The Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31–25 and reclaimed the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which was named after the former Green Bay coach. Rodgers was selected the Most Valuable Player for his spectacular play and consistent leadership during this game.
After Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, Rodgers played for Butte Community College in Oroville, California. He led the team to a 10-1 record and a number 2 national ranking. After one year, he signed to play for the University of California, leading them to a number 5 national ranking in 2004.
In the 2005 NFL draft, the Packers made him their number 1 pick overall. His uncanny ability to find receivers and get the ball to them has made him the NFL all time career leader in passer rating at 98.4.
It hasn’t been an easy road for Rodgers.
After three years as a backup quarterback,
he was called on to take the place of legendary
Brett Favre, who had been the starting quarterback for the Pack since 1992. His steady play was largely overshadowed by Favre’s “unretirement” and subsequent trade to the New York Jets.
Aaron and his two brothers grew up in a Christian home in Chico, California. His parents, Ed and Darla Rodgers, were a great influence in their lives. Rodgers says, “I grew up knowing what a stable relationship was by my parent’s example, and how it centered on Christ.” He went on to say, “When our family had its ups and downs, I knew my parents relied on God for everything, and He always got us through the rough spots.”
Until he was 17, Aaron says he went to church because his parents went to church. But about this time, he began to make some choices with his buddies that he knew were not right. It was then he rededicated his life to the Lord. “Ever since then,” he says, “I fall on my face and get back up, get on my knees and confess, and keep on trying to live for Jesus.”
What Aaron wants you to know
Aaron says, “I try to live my life in a way that reflects the Lord. I use that as a model as I relate to my friends and family, my teammates and coaches. I want them to see that I really love and care for them as individuals. I try to build relationships. This is what I like about Jesus. Jesus is about relationships.”
What’s Your Response
Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? He longs to have a relationship with you. He came down from heaven to die on a cross for your sins. He died in your place to bring you to God and He rose from the dead to give you the gift of new life. “Christ died for sins...to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
The Bible says,
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Place your trust in Jesus Christ and receive Him as your Savior today. Then, like Aaron Rodgers, you can enjoy a relationship with Jesus Christ forever.
You can confirm your decision in a prayer like this:
I confess that I am a sinner. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I ask You to forgive me of my sins and grant me the gift of everlasting life. I now trust in You as my Savior. Amen.
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