The Green Bay Packers quarterback said Thursday on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show that he didn't expect the Seahawks to come up throwing from the 1-yard line in the final minute of their 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots.
"I think I, along with everyone else, expected three Marshawn Lynch runs or three read-options from that point, thinking there's no way they can stop them three straight times as Marshawn was averaging over 4 yards a carry," Rodgers said on the show. "So yeah, I was surprised by the call."
Rodgers, who was in Phoenix to accept his second NFL MVP award on the eve of the Super Bowl, said he did not stick around for the game. Actually, he said he did not even watch it live. Rather, he had a tee time, his first round of golf this offseason, and needed to see whether his strained left calf could make it through 18 holes. Rodgers typically plays in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which is next week, so it's possible he was preparing for that event.
"I was trying out the calf to see if it could get through a round of golf," Rodgers said. "And it did."
Thursday was the final installment of Rodgers' radio show, which runs during the season. This also was the final year of Rodgers' contract with ESPN Milwaukee to do the show, so it's possible it may not return next season.
Here are other highlights from the season wrap-up show:
Rodgers said he cut his MVP acceptance speech short because he got emotional seeing coach Mike McCarthy in the audience. It was the first time he had seen his coach since McCarthy's younger brother, Joe, died. Said Rodgers: "I know how much it hurt him to lose his brother, and my mind just went blank. All I could think about was giving him a big hug, and thankfully I was able to do that after the speech. But I saw Mike and all I could think about was how bad I felt for him and his family going through that. I don't know what else really came out of my mouth, but I was glad to be able to see him."
On defensive tackle Letroy Guion's arrest Tuesday in Florida, Rodgers said: "Letroy was a great teammate for us and a lot of fun to be around. He was like a Johnny Jolly in that he had a big personality in the locker room. Was well-liked by his teammates and showed a lot of passion for the game on the field. Now, unfortunately, you have to remember that you represent the Packers at all times. We talk about it a lot, what it means to be a Packer and to do things the Packer Way. It's about being a good person in the community, being a good teammate, obviously, representing the organization the right way. Letroy's a free agent right now. I know that we were thinking about bringing him back. That's what the word seemed to be. I'm not sure how that's going to change with this arrest, but we loved Letroy."
On whether he cared about the outcome of the Super Bowl as much as some of his teammates, who seemed to want Seattle to lose, Rodgers said: "Yeah, I think we all cared about the outcome, and I think we were all hoping the balls would be inflated to the proper levels, too."