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Packers' Rodgers thanks Central grad

Football | Sept. 18, 2013

PELLA — While Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t exactly say Central College graduate Nate Weir ’05 was the sole reason he tied a Packers’ passing yardage record Sunday, he does give the athletic trainer some credit.

Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns as Green Bay hammered Washington 38-20 at Lambeau Field. He completed 34 of 42 passes with no interceptions and threw for 332 yards in the first half.

Speaking on “The Aaron Rodgers Show” Tuesday on ESPN Milwaukee radio, the star quarterback said a passing record seemed unlikely when his Sunday started.

“I woke up and my neck was stiff for whatever reason,” Rodgers told his audience. After showering, the problem worsened. “I got in my car and my neck was killing me. I got to the stadium and it was all stiff. Thankfully, I was able to get a lot of treatment from my guys in the training room, especially Nate Weir. I’ve got to give a big shout out to Nate there.

“It was one of those things where my neck's hurting, it’s raining outside and, you know, I’m thinking, man, this is not going to be a great day. And then you go out and throw for 480 yards and four touchdowns.”

Rodgers’ comments can be heard at

Weir, an Olathe, Kan. native, was a men’s soccer player and an athletic training student at Central when program director John Roslien helped him land an internship with the Packers in summer, 2004. He got an invitation to intern following graduation in 2005 and was named assistant athletic trainer in 2007.

Two other Central athletic training students have interned with the NFL. Marcus Sojka, a 2010 grad, also interned with the Packers while Central junior Blaize Smith interned this past summer with the Detroit Lions and will be returning to intern with the Lions again next summer.


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