After being selected by the Packers in the first round in April 2005, Rodgers saw his first extensive action as a pro in relief of Brett Favre in December. Favre threw two interceptions and completed just 14 of 29 passes before the rookie took over late in the 4th quarter with his teams down 34-3.
Rodgers fumbled twice, with one being returned for a touchdown. He also threw a red zone interception, something he has done only one other time in his entire career so far. He ended up with a passer rating of 36.8, second worst of his career. That game would end up being extra motivation for a guy who already wanted to succeed badly.
"I thought I was a little better than I showed that night," Rodgers said this week. "So I was resolute in my determination to get better that offseason."
Mike McCarthy was hired to replace Mike Sherman and quarterback school was instituted starting in March.
"I got to really work on my skills and that was important for me and my development, realizing I didn't want to put another performance like that on the field. Can't say that new England the next year was much better, but I know I got better between then and the next season. Luckily I was able to put together a good performance (against Dallas) before I took over as the starter."
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