Rodgers said after the game he saw fans at Soldier Field flipping him the bird, and the “own you” comment just came out on a whim.
The former Bears center, who was an All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler during his 14-year NFL career, offered some fighting words instead.
Center Olin Kreutz #57 of the Chicago Bears in 2010. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, File)
“I’d like to punch him in his face,” Kreutz said on 670 The Score. “When you see that, that’s your first reaction, right? I don’t care if you’re right. I don’t care what his excuse is, that just is your first reaction. To me, that’s a lame excuse. … Just because you’re right doesn’t make you right for doing it.”
Rodgers responded to the remarks on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz in 2006. (Rich Gabrielson/NFLPhotoLibrary, File)
“Are we getting that soft as a society that we can’t have a back and forth now?” Rodgers asked. “Somebody can pay for a ticket and say whatever the hell they want, which I think they should be able to, that’s fine, but the one time you say something back to them, that gets caught on hot mic… now it’s that I’ve disrespected an entire city and organization and my own organization.”
Kreutz got a firsthand look at just how damaging Rodgers had been to the Bears. Kreutz was on the Bears from 2008 to 2010, just around the time Rodgers took over as the Packers’ starting quarter. He played four games for the New Orleans Saints.
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrating after the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 24-14 at Soldier Field on Oct. 17 in Chicago. (Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Rodgers was 6-10 in his first season as a starter for the Packers. In 2009, the team would make the wild-card playoffs and in 2010 he would win his first and (so far) only Super Bowl title.