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Thursday, January 16, 2014
NFLN survey/respected player: Packers

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In another NFL Nation players survey, we asked those around the league who they respect the most.

This was another category in which Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning led the voting, with 26.8 percent.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was fifth (3.4 percent) in a category in which 78 players received votes.

Respect means different things to different players, which could be why the Packers don't elect season-long captains. Rather, they use three different captains -- one from the offense, one from the defense and one from special teams -- during each regular-season game.

However, league rules require that playoff teams select captains to represent them throughout the postseason. Because of that, we got a look at who some of the most respected players in the Packers' locker room were this past season. The team picked six captains: Rodgers and receiver Jordy Nelson on offense, linebacker A.J. Hawk and safety Morgan Burnett on defense, kicker Mason Crosby and cornerback Jarrett Bush on special teams.

Rodgers has been selected as a playoff captain five times, meaning all five times the Packers have made the playoffs since he became a starter. Bush has been selected four times, while Crosby and Hawk have been picked three teams each. It was the first time for Nelson and Burnett.