Packers-49ers II: 49ers disappointed?

SAN FRANCISCO -- I'm a little late to this trash-talking party, but as we get closer to kickoff at Candlestick Park, I thought I would throw this your way.

About 20 minutes after the Green Bay Packers drafted him in 2005, quarterback Aaron Rodgers gave an interview to KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco. Rodgers was asked how disappointed he was not to have been drafted No. 1 overall by the San Francisco 49ers, who selected Alex Smith instead.

Rodgers, clearly still emotional after a long day, responded: "Not as disappointed as the 49ers will be that they didn't draft me."

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The 49ers are no doubt appropriately disappointed, but it's worth noting that Rodgers claimed this week that he no longer harbors intense resentment toward the franchise.

"I don't have the same feeling," Rodgers said on his ESPN 540 radio show. "That interview that I did was probably right after I did my interview at the podium back behind the green room. I got picked maybe 20 minutes earlier. It was an emotional day, a long day. At the time I wanted to play right away and prove … to the other teams that they made a mistake.

"I look at it differently now. [Green Bay] is where I would have wanted to be had I known what I know now, about the kind of working environment this is, the opportunities I would be given, the coaching staff that was going to be here.

"I don't like doing the whole 'what-if' game. I just know that I'm really glad that I fell into God's country here in Wisconsin and had the opportunities to spend my early years the way I did, and have gotten the opportunity to be a starter and play for this team."