Since taking over the starting quarterback job for the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers has known nothing but success and admiration. Elected to the Pro Bowl twice, winning a Super Bowl and being the MVP of that game, it's safe to say that Rodgers has earned all A's at what he does.
Though that wasn't always the case.
During Rodgers' weekly radio show, he shared a story about receiving the first 'F' of his academic career on a paper he did during his days at the University of California. The course was 'food appreciation' and it held about ten players from the football squad on it. After he received a failing grade for not correctly citing sources in the paper, Rodgers took it upon himself to ask the professor if they could do a rewrite.
Instead of an understanding teacher, Rodgers ended up coming face to face with a stern lecture.
"She went into this tirade about athletes and entitlements and what not. She basically picked on the wrong person in the class because I was probably the best student out of the 11 football players in there. I was second-team all-academic at Cal, if you do your research there," Rodgers explained.
"She's looking at me, condescending, talking down to me. And she says, "What do you want to do with yourself? "I said, "I want to play in the NFL."She laughed. She laughed at me. It was a condescending laugh and she said, "You'll never make it. You'll get hurt. You'll need your education, and you're not gonna make it through school here."
I said, "OK. I don't agree with any of that."I just want to tell this to you today. "Thank you for adding to that chip on my shoulder and I hope that you're a fan."
Ironically, while the professor was dead wrong about Rodgers' playing future, she was spot on about his academic one. He never did make it through school in Berkeley. Rodgers entered the NFL Draft after his junior year and never looked back.
I guess being half right is better than being all wrong. It's safe to say that Rodgers isn't going to be receiving any 'I told you so's' from that professor, ever. Though he could very well send a few that way himself.
James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.