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Olin Kreutz: I’d Like To Punch Aaron Rodgers “In His Face”

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That Aaron Rodgers taunt – the one where he claimed ownership of the Chicago Bears – is one of those things that will always stick with you. You’ll remember where you were, who you were with, and how much it stung to hear those words. Face it. Rodgers is 23-5 in this rivalry and hasn’t shown any signs of letting up.

And for what it’s worth, I had no issue with it. Sure, NFL players have been hit with taunting penalties for doing less this year. But that moment was the type of thing that fuels rivalries. What is sport without rivalries? And what are rivalries without villains? Rodgers plays the villain better than anyone I’ve ever seen while watching football, which is commendable.

Which makes this exchange all the more interesting.

First, from retired Bears center Olin Kreutz:

 

And then, the retort from Rodgers:

The full quote from Rodgers has me perplexed:

“I saw that Olin Kreutz say he wanted to punch me in the face. I think that is to say, I don’t know Olin. I respect him. He played in the league for a long time. Are we getting that soft as a society that we can’t have a back & forth now? Somebody can pay for a ticket and say whatever the hell they want, which they should be able to, that’s fine. But the *ONE* time I say something back to ’em that gets caught on a hot mic … now, it’s that I’ve disrespected an entire city, organization, and my own organization.”

Rodgers plays the villain card so well, he can jokingly refer to this latest one-liner in Bears-Packers history as something as a societal problem. Trying to get some sympathy love because some old head said he wanted to punch you. Hilarious. You can’t script this stuff!

Sometimes, you’ve gotta give credit where it’s due. No one plays the role of Bad Guy better than the dude wearing No. 12 in the green and yellow uniforms. Well, maybe Ian McDiarmid could do it better. And with a cooler accent. Plus with better acting chops. But that’s probably a different conversation for another day.



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.