Return To Titletown: Rodgers Shares 'Belt'
Aaron Rodgers. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - "What's up, Titletown???!!!"
And with that, the now-well traveled Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLV, Aaron Rodgers, greeted 50,000-plus fans at Lambeau Field during "Return To Titletown" after his Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, to claim the Lombardi Trophy.
"I just want you to know, for the next year, you can steal my belt celebration, because we're the champions of the world. Put that on whenever you want."
Rodgers, who went from North Texas to Disney World to 'Late Night with David Letterman' in New York back to Titletown, marked the path he personally has taken.
He has gone from the unwanted quarterback, to the unintentional source of anger for not being Brett Favre after he left the Packers, to a Pro Bowl quarterback, to the co-captain of the world's best football team.
"It's been a great journey the last six years with you guys. I've been able to meet some great men and women, not just you here in the organization, but we've got the greatest fans in the world."
He marked the path of the playoffs, and the role Packers Planet played in it.
"Nothing like Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas and hearing Go Pack Go."
He finally discussed Super Bowl XLV, and how reflective it was of the entire 2010 season.
"It hurt to lose Donald, but Jordy stepped up, played incredible," Rodgers explained.
"We've been through a lot together, a lot of adversity, but we stuck together. We love each other, we pick up each other when we're down."
He made a commitment to the Packers fans assembled there, and throughout the world, to winning it all for a second straight time.
"The core is coming back. I tell you what Green Bay, we're going to be right back here next year doing this exact same thing," said Rodgers.
"We brought that title back home! We love you!"