Football: Ex-Cal QBs on fire for Rodgers

I spoke to a half-century of former Cal quarterbacks — from Joe Kapp to Mike Pawlawski — and they virtually gushed about Aaron Rodgers, who leads the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Steve Bartkowski said he wouldn’t trade Rodgers for either Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, even if there were┬áno age difference.

Predicted Kapp: “I think Pittsburgh’s in trouble.”

Here’s the full story.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Uh Huh!

    Given Rodgers was beloved for his time at Cal, and the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers stopped the Oakland Raiders from at least a couple Super Bowls in the 70’s, I’m sure the vast majority of the East Bay is rooting for Green Bay.

  • dailycal02

    Joe Kapp is priceless. He should be quoted in every article about Cal sports.

  • ScottyBear

    Aaron Rodgers is the best recruiting tool we have had in decades. Winning the Super Bowl would be huge. Hopefully he says “CAL!!!” when he introduces himself.
    No Oakland Tech, no Long Beach Poly, no Butte College BS! CAL !!!!!! Go Bears!!

    I hope all our young QB’s including Boehm and Zach Kline – hell, even Tedford – watch Rodgers and his kick ass attitude and bring that to the Cal huddle soon. It has been missing. Mike Pawlawski was a great example. He wanted to go down on kick-offs and butt heads. Happy Friday Bears Fans!!

  • milo

    Joe Kapp is priceless. Can’t wait until Cal gets back to the RB…and Joe leads the cheers and tequila drinking.

  • Bears07

    I think every Bear Rose Bowl party should exclusively serve tequila on that fateful day (and I’m not even a tequila fan myself).

  • Raf

    Seriously… I’ve only seen a few players introduce themselves at the top of the telecast and the only one that said “Cal” was Mike Gibson. Say the effing school name and “GO BEARS!”. Terrible alum recruiting if they can’t even say Cal… respect!

  • Pasadena Dave

    Great story, Jeff.

  • rollonubears

    djax waffles, but has given a shout out to the bears. i agree, though, it should be every time. they’re all trying to be original, just like the silly TD dances and stunts. it was cutting edge to say your high school, then it was cutting edge to mention a school that doesn’t even exist. hopefully that has run its course, but who knows.

  • rollonubears

    Marcus Arroyo (ex QB coach and OC at Wyoming) apparently coming to Cal?

  • rollonubears

    interesting take on Tedford’s approach, and blowing through 5 OCs in his 9 years



    It’s been real great seeing all the solidarity from all the former players this week (you should all look up that video of Forsett being interviewed by Yardbarker about his time at Cal). Lots of the new recruits have mentioned that Cal Football seems to have a family atmosphere at Cal, and I think they’re right: these guys really seem to stick together.

  • Steve W

    I am coming around more and more to the opinion that “coaching up” quarterbacks is overrated. I think that Tedford got too much credit for coaching up Akili Smith, Joey Harrington and Rodgers while getting too much blame for failing to turn Riley and Mansion into key producers. If anything, blame him for recruiting those last two guys in the first place.

    I used to iso on Rodgers when he was playing at Cal. His ability to see the whole field and check down to secondary receivers with accurate throws was innate, not coached. Rodgers would have been a star anywhere. Riley is a good athlete with a fine arm, but he lacked the emotional poise to get to the next level. He reminded me a little of Dodgers second baseman Steve Sax when he couldn’t find the first baseman on routine groundout plays.

    The odds say that one of those six Cal quarterbacks vying for playing time next year has some of Rodgers’ intangibles, and hopefully Tedford and Co. can quickly identify them.

  • milo

    I think JTed deserves the hype since he likely got more out of those QBs in college then in they did in the pros…although what makes a pro QB vs a college QB is significant.

    Otherwise, JTed gets credit for seeing Rodgers (by accident) and signing him. He saw the talent and he started him 5 games into his first season. Think about that…5-6 very good college QBs and Rodgers. I think Tedford’s rep is safe as a QB guru although it has taken a hit since ’07 when Longshore went down.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    And how many of those QBs from a half century own a Heisman. You know like Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, etc. And how many of those QBs won a Rose Bowl? How many even played in one except for that Kapp guy 60 years ago.