Aaron Rodgers: Biography of a Super Bowl MVP

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ABOUT THE BOOK

You can be the smartest quarterback in the world and have the greatest leadership skills and run around and all that, but if you can't throw the ball where it needs to be thrown, then none of that other stuff matters." (Troy Aikman)

If that’s the case, then Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers could well be the best quarterback to ever play in the NFL. That is what analysts say now, but this acknowledgement was a long time in coming.

Surpassing everyone’s expectations except his own, Rodgers flew under the radar for virtually his entire athletic career. He was the college junior who set season, game, and career records at Cal Berkeley only to get passed over by 23 teams on NFL Draft Day. He was the high school senior who set school and state records, only to be denied a single Division I scholarship. He’s the middle school kid who, when asked what he would contribute to the school during his admission interview, answered simply, "I'm going to make your sports programs better.

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The Packers had another lukewarm start to their 2010 season, going 6-6. Two of the losses were in overtime, making his career record in overtime games 0-5. The questions of Rodgers’ composure under pressure resurfaced.

More concerning than his performance in must-win scenarios was Rodgers’ health. After the game against the Redskins on Oct. 10, he was diagnosed with a concussion. Rodgers kept playing until he sustained a second concussion during the game against the Lions on Dec. 12.

He was placed on injured reserve and cleared for play in time to start against the Giants on Dec. 26 in a must-win qualifier for postseason play. Rodgers led the Packers to a 45-17 win and turned in his highest single-game passing yardage of the season, 25 of 37 passes completed for 404 yards and four touchdowns.

By defeating the Bears the following week, another elimination game, the Packers earned a wild card playoff spot. Rodgers took his team on the road, defeating the top three seeded teams—the Eagles, Falcons, and Bears (again)—to win the NFC Championship Title and the privilege of playing against the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

The quarterback matchup for Super Bowl XLV was Rodgers versus Ben Roethlisberger. Rodgers and his receiving corps, in particular Jordy Nelson, carved up “the best defense in the league,” completing 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and 111.5 passer rating.

As Rodgers hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy overhead, linebacker Clay Matthews draped...

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CHAPTER OUTLINE

Background and Basics

+ Introduction

+ The Mr. (and Mrs.) Rodgers Neighborhood

The Man with the Golden Arm

+ Like Father, Like Son

+ Heaven Can Wait, Mr. Rigsbee

+ The Chico Kid Meets the California Golden Bears

Professional Career

+ Snubbed. Again!

+ Waiting in the Wings

+ Laying the Groundwork

+ Starter At Last

+ ...and much more

Public and Private Persona

+ Preach the Gospel at All Times; If Necessary, Use Words

+ The Championship Belt Move

+ Recent News

+ Attributed Quotes

+ ...and much more

Interesting Resources and Readings

+ Sources

+ Further Reading

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Hyperink Inc
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Jul 30, 2012
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Pages
51
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ISBN
9781614646129
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Language
English
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Biography & Autobiography / General
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Anita Tsuchiya
Description

ABOUT THE BOOK

[Clay] will mean more to his people than any athlete before him. He is more than [first black major-league baseball player] Jackie Robinson was, because Robinson is the white man's hero. But Cassius is the black man's hero. Do you know why? Because the white press wanted him to lose [his heavyweight championship bout] ... because he is a Muslim. You notice nobody cares about the religion of other athletes. But their prejudice against Clay blinded them to his ability. (Malcolm X)

As indicated by the blizzard of 70th birthday tributes published at the start of 2012, Muhammad Ali has the kind of international recognition matched by few public figures living or dead.

Ali is arguably the most reviled and beloved spokesman in the history of U.S. civil rights. He danced, boasted, and rhymed his way into our lives with messages about freedom of worship and equality for African Americans. He infuriated the staid patriarchy with his rebellious attitude and rejection of Christianity.

Barely literate in conventional reading and writing, Ali was pure genius in the social media of his time, television. He loved being on camera, and the camera adored him right back. He energized a dying sport and, for better or worse, provided the model for sports showmanship and personality marketing that pervades today’s spectator events.

Even more remarkably, Ali the athlete lived up to his own hype. He reached the pinnacle of his athletic potential and stayed there while surrounded by distractions of every size, shape, and volume. The same sportswriters who hated his politics and religion, grudgingly had to acknowledge that no 200-pound fighter before or since delivered such a lethal combination of speed and grace. He won a record-setting three heavyweight titles in a professional career that spanned 21 years.

Ali was a brilliant strategist, inside and outside of the ropes. He understood how psychology could wear an opponent down as effectively as any body blow. His clowning for public consumption was unabashedly exuberant. When the time came to be serious, however, no competitor was more focused or determined.

A tempestuous man living through unsettling times, Ali showed a facility for affecting people at their deepest emotional levels. To this day very few people react to him with lukewarm feelings—you either hate him or love him. He has been successful in virtually every aspect of his life, except perhaps his current battle with Parkinson’s. More importantly, were you to ask, it would be hard to imagine him conceding defeat.

Anita Tsuchiya
Quicklets: Your Reading Sidekick!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer is an anthology of articles published by various magazines during the mid-to-late 1980s. This collection consists of his earliest works, predating the books that launched him to the top of the bestseller list: Into The Wild (1996), and Into Thin Air (1997)

Krakauer does an admirable job of addressing the central issues so even the casual hiker can appreciate his passion, as climbing is a sport that can be hard to appreciate without spending a good deal of time hanging around climbers. Krakauer skillfully avoids getting too wrapped up in technical terms and esoteric knowledge; his narrative voice is well-developed. He has an elegant writing style that carries the reader like a raft floating along a deep river. A skilled wordsmith, he likes long and sometimes complex sentences yet he puts them together so skillfully you rarely lose the point.

What makes the stories so accessible to climbers and non-climbers alike is Krakauers ability to place the human element at the front and center of each tale.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Anita Tsuchiya is el presidente y peon of Sabaku, Inc., a marketing services company that provides writing, editing, research, analysis and consulting for a diverse assortment of clientele. The loves of her life are split into two seasons: during the fall/winter she pursues a degree in Japanese language, and spends spring/summer joyfully immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of minor league baseball. A retired speed-freak and super-jock, her current life is moderately active. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, and her almae matres include San Leandro High and U.C. Davis. In fact, she remembers what San Jose looked like before Silicon Valley. Now happily settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, she shares her home with a pair of mixed-mutt bundles of canine goodness named Molly and Linus.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

Krakauers strength as a writer lies in his ability to personalize the many characters who populate the sport of climbing. He gives us folks we can relate to on a human scale even if we dont quite understand their odd fixation with danger.

Thanks to his skillful portraiture, it doesnt take long to start wondering: whatever happened to those outrageous Burgess twins? Has Richard Fisher come out of hiding from the gullies of Arizona? Did Adrian the Romanian finally make it to the top of Mt. McKinley, and more importantly, did he make it back down in one piece?

The Burgess boys managed to survive their youthful indulgences. They even wrote a book about their adventures, climbing and otherwise. And theyve lost none of their cheekiness, as they point out in the acknowledgement, We especially thank those who held regular jobs so that civilization, as we know it, didnt fall apart while we went climbing.

Buy a copy to keep reading!

CHAPTER OUTLINE

Quicklet On Jon Krakauer’s Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains

+ About the Book

+ About Jon Krakauer

Article Summaries

+ Eiger Dreams

+ Gill

+ Valdez Ice

+ On Being Tentbound

+ ...and much more

Anita Tsuchiya
ABOUT THE BOOK

Lance Edward Armstrong, born in Plano, TX, on September 18, 1971, had a difficult childhood. His mother, Linda Mooneyham, was a high-school student with dreams of joining drill team and going to college. Instead, she found herself a newly married, 16-year-old dropout. Lance’s biological father, Eddie Gunderson, was a reluctant father and abusive husband.

When Lance was two years old, Mooneyham divorced Gunderson, and not long after, married salesman Terry Armstrong. The restless and rambunctious boy never bonded with his stern and abusive stepfather, although the elder Armstrong was present for the greater part of his childhood.

Biographer John Wilcockson believes Lance Armstrong’s rocky relationship with his stepfather, though in some ways traumatic, was key to his development as a world-class athlete: “I believe that the 14 years he was Lance's dad was a very interesting period. That's when the making of Lance as a champion happened.”

MEET THE AUTHOR

Anita has been writing for pay for about 15 years now. She’s fluent in a variety of styles--journalistic, academic, scientific, technical; and across a variety of media--print, web, social. She likes to think outside the box, while still keeping track of how far she’s pushed the envelope. In addition to writing and editing, she enjoys designing layouts and graphics.

Long ago, she was a sponsored athlete and speed freak. Nowadays, she prefers the pursuit of inner peace through yoga and tai qi. She grew up in the Bay Area of California back when Silicon Valley was prune orchards and garlic fields, graduating from San Leandro High and then U.C. Davis. After a decade of living in the Pacific Northwest, she’s now happily settled in Salt Lake City, UT—although she does miss the seafood. She shares her home with Molly and Linus, a pair of dogs devoted to teaching her about enjoying life to the fullest.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

During his recovery and rehabilitation, Armstrong met the second important woman in his life. Kristin Richard was working for a public relations firm in Austin when she met Armstrong at a charity event. A year later they married, she quit her job, and they moved to the French Riviera.

While Armstrong was returning to the rigors of being a professional athlete, Richard stayed home to raise their three children: Luke, born in October 1999, and twin daughters Isabelle and Grace, born in 2001. All three children were conceived via in vitro fertilization, using sperm stored

before Armstrong underwent chemotherapy.

The marriage between the “picture-perfect couple” ended with divorce in 2003. Underrated, perhaps, in public opinion, is how Armstrong remains actively involved his first three children and on friendly terms with ex-wife Kristin Richard.

Buy a copy to keep reading!

Anita Tsuchiya
Quicklets: Your Reading Sidekick!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer is an anthology of articles published by various magazines during the mid-to-late 1980s. This collection consists of his earliest works, predating the books that launched him to the top of the bestseller list: Into The Wild (1996), and Into Thin Air (1997)

Krakauer does an admirable job of addressing the central issues so even the casual hiker can appreciate his passion, as climbing is a sport that can be hard to appreciate without spending a good deal of time hanging around climbers. Krakauer skillfully avoids getting too wrapped up in technical terms and esoteric knowledge; his narrative voice is well-developed. He has an elegant writing style that carries the reader like a raft floating along a deep river. A skilled wordsmith, he likes long and sometimes complex sentences yet he puts them together so skillfully you rarely lose the point.

What makes the stories so accessible to climbers and non-climbers alike is Krakauers ability to place the human element at the front and center of each tale.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Anita Tsuchiya is el presidente y peon of Sabaku, Inc., a marketing services company that provides writing, editing, research, analysis and consulting for a diverse assortment of clientele. The loves of her life are split into two seasons: during the fall/winter she pursues a degree in Japanese language, and spends spring/summer joyfully immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of minor league baseball. A retired speed-freak and super-jock, her current life is moderately active. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, and her almae matres include San Leandro High and U.C. Davis. In fact, she remembers what San Jose looked like before Silicon Valley. Now happily settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, she shares her home with a pair of mixed-mutt bundles of canine goodness named Molly and Linus.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

Krakauers strength as a writer lies in his ability to personalize the many characters who populate the sport of climbing. He gives us folks we can relate to on a human scale even if we dont quite understand their odd fixation with danger.

Thanks to his skillful portraiture, it doesnt take long to start wondering: whatever happened to those outrageous Burgess twins? Has Richard Fisher come out of hiding from the gullies of Arizona? Did Adrian the Romanian finally make it to the top of Mt. McKinley, and more importantly, did he make it back down in one piece?

The Burgess boys managed to survive their youthful indulgences. They even wrote a book about their adventures, climbing and otherwise. And theyve lost none of their cheekiness, as they point out in the acknowledgement, We especially thank those who held regular jobs so that civilization, as we know it, didnt fall apart while we went climbing.

Buy a copy to keep reading!

CHAPTER OUTLINE

Quicklet On Jon Krakauer’s Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains

+ About the Book

+ About Jon Krakauer

Article Summaries

+ Eiger Dreams

+ Gill

+ Valdez Ice

+ On Being Tentbound

+ ...and much more

Anita Tsuchiya
ABOUT THE BOOK

Lance Edward Armstrong, born in Plano, TX, on September 18, 1971, had a difficult childhood. His mother, Linda Mooneyham, was a high-school student with dreams of joining drill team and going to college. Instead, she found herself a newly married, 16-year-old dropout. Lance’s biological father, Eddie Gunderson, was a reluctant father and abusive husband.

When Lance was two years old, Mooneyham divorced Gunderson, and not long after, married salesman Terry Armstrong. The restless and rambunctious boy never bonded with his stern and abusive stepfather, although the elder Armstrong was present for the greater part of his childhood.

Biographer John Wilcockson believes Lance Armstrong’s rocky relationship with his stepfather, though in some ways traumatic, was key to his development as a world-class athlete: “I believe that the 14 years he was Lance's dad was a very interesting period. That's when the making of Lance as a champion happened.”

MEET THE AUTHOR

Anita has been writing for pay for about 15 years now. She’s fluent in a variety of styles--journalistic, academic, scientific, technical; and across a variety of media--print, web, social. She likes to think outside the box, while still keeping track of how far she’s pushed the envelope. In addition to writing and editing, she enjoys designing layouts and graphics.

Long ago, she was a sponsored athlete and speed freak. Nowadays, she prefers the pursuit of inner peace through yoga and tai qi. She grew up in the Bay Area of California back when Silicon Valley was prune orchards and garlic fields, graduating from San Leandro High and then U.C. Davis. After a decade of living in the Pacific Northwest, she’s now happily settled in Salt Lake City, UT—although she does miss the seafood. She shares her home with Molly and Linus, a pair of dogs devoted to teaching her about enjoying life to the fullest.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

During his recovery and rehabilitation, Armstrong met the second important woman in his life. Kristin Richard was working for a public relations firm in Austin when she met Armstrong at a charity event. A year later they married, she quit her job, and they moved to the French Riviera.

While Armstrong was returning to the rigors of being a professional athlete, Richard stayed home to raise their three children: Luke, born in October 1999, and twin daughters Isabelle and Grace, born in 2001. All three children were conceived via in vitro fertilization, using sperm stored

before Armstrong underwent chemotherapy.

The marriage between the “picture-perfect couple” ended with divorce in 2003. Underrated, perhaps, in public opinion, is how Armstrong remains actively involved his first three children and on friendly terms with ex-wife Kristin Richard.

Buy a copy to keep reading!

Anita Tsuchiya
Description

ABOUT THE BOOK

[Clay] will mean more to his people than any athlete before him. He is more than [first black major-league baseball player] Jackie Robinson was, because Robinson is the white man's hero. But Cassius is the black man's hero. Do you know why? Because the white press wanted him to lose [his heavyweight championship bout] ... because he is a Muslim. You notice nobody cares about the religion of other athletes. But their prejudice against Clay blinded them to his ability. (Malcolm X)

As indicated by the blizzard of 70th birthday tributes published at the start of 2012, Muhammad Ali has the kind of international recognition matched by few public figures living or dead.

Ali is arguably the most reviled and beloved spokesman in the history of U.S. civil rights. He danced, boasted, and rhymed his way into our lives with messages about freedom of worship and equality for African Americans. He infuriated the staid patriarchy with his rebellious attitude and rejection of Christianity.

Barely literate in conventional reading and writing, Ali was pure genius in the social media of his time, television. He loved being on camera, and the camera adored him right back. He energized a dying sport and, for better or worse, provided the model for sports showmanship and personality marketing that pervades today’s spectator events.

Even more remarkably, Ali the athlete lived up to his own hype. He reached the pinnacle of his athletic potential and stayed there while surrounded by distractions of every size, shape, and volume. The same sportswriters who hated his politics and religion, grudgingly had to acknowledge that no 200-pound fighter before or since delivered such a lethal combination of speed and grace. He won a record-setting three heavyweight titles in a professional career that spanned 21 years.

Ali was a brilliant strategist, inside and outside of the ropes. He understood how psychology could wear an opponent down as effectively as any body blow. His clowning for public consumption was unabashedly exuberant. When the time came to be serious, however, no competitor was more focused or determined.

A tempestuous man living through unsettling times, Ali showed a facility for affecting people at their deepest emotional levels. To this day very few people react to him with lukewarm feelings—you either hate him or love him. He has been successful in virtually every aspect of his life, except perhaps his current battle with Parkinson’s. More importantly, were you to ask, it would be hard to imagine him conceding defeat.

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