Rodgers takes helm
QB the focal point of team’s first practice
By TOM SILVERSTEIN
Posted: July 28, 2008
All eyes were on Aaron Rodgers on Monday on his first official day on the job as the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback.
The ones that mattered most weren't those peering at him from behind notebooks and cameras while he conducted a half-hour interview session with a throng of local and national reporters that made his locker area resemble a rugby scrum.
They were the 79 other pairs that were scattered around a room once filled with the aura of Brett Favre and his bigger-than-life persona. If ever there was a spot where a guy could make an impression on his teammates it was right there in the west end of the locker, just a few feet away from where Favre's jersey used to hang.
"Guys are always watching the quarterback," Rodgers said. "You need to lead by your actions. That's what I'm trying to do this season."
It was an OK start for a guy whose toughest days are ahead of him. He patiently took on all comers - Internet, TV and newspaper reporters alike - and said all the right things about taking over for the legendary Favre.
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