Aaron Rodgers and Joe Burrow shared a moment after Sunday's dramatic overtime game in which the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers. The Packers defeated the Bengals 25-22 after five missed field goals in the last quarter and overtime.
Both quarterbacks had solid enough games, with Rodgers throwing for 334 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Devante Adams himself had quite a day, catching 11 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown as he continued to be Rodgers' favorite target.
As for Joe Burrow, he threw for 288 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase racked up 159 yards on six catches and scored a receiving touchdown for himself.
Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show as he does every Tuesday, Aaron Rodgers revealed that he had a chat with Burrow after his team's overtime win. Here's what Rodgers said to Burrow:
"Slide. You’re too damn talented. You’ve got so much in front of you to accomplish in this league. Sometimes you gotta slide. I would've said the same thing to Andrew Luck."
It is important to remember that the lifespan of an NFL player's career is quite volatile. On average, a player lasts in the league for just three years. This brevity of time becomes even more critical for quarterbacks as they carry the hopes of the entire organization.
Because of Burrow's athletic prowess, he often tucks the ball under his arm and runs for yards. However, instead of sliding, he initiates contact from defenders to get an extra yard or two. This potentially — and unnecessarily — puts him in harm's way.
"I'd have said the same thing to Andrew," says Rodgers
During the show, Rodgers also mentioned that he would have given the same piece of advice to Andrew Luck, whose running ability and eagerness to try and get extra yards caused him to cop a fair share of hard hits.
Such tendencies can prove to be detrimental to quarterbacks. They are perhaps the most important players on an NFL roster, which is why it makes sense to try and protect them.
Rodgers seemingly doesn't want to see someone as young as Burrow suffer the same fate as Andrew Luck, considering it was the latter's injuries that drove him out of the league in 2019