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Aaron Rodgers: “I haven’t been out carousing”

Green Bay Packers v Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers scrambles away from the defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Jared Wickerham

Stories have emerged about Steelers players being out late, enjoying the nightlife on both of the team’s first two nights here in Dallas. But Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says there will be no such stories about him.

“I haven’t been out carousing,” Rodgers said today. “I am a homebody, so I’ve been spending a lot of time in my hotel room watching film. I think it is important at the same time that you are sticking with your normal routine. I like to go out to dinner when I’m back home in Green Bay so I’ve gone out to dinner, to a couple of really nice spots, and then come home, relax and watch film.”

On Monday night, Steelers receiver Hines Ward was reportedly out at a strip club. On Tuesday night, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was reportedly “boozing” at a piano bar.

Of course, these are the Super Bowl week stories that can be used to fit any narrative we in the media choose: If the Packers win on Sunday, we’ll say it’s because they were studying while the Steelers were partying. But if the Steelers win on Sunday, we’ll all talk about how they were loose and relaxed while the Packers were too tight.

Rodgers acknowledged that there’s a risk of spending too much time watching film.

“You definitely can over-prepare, but I’m going to stay focused and keep doing the things that I have been doing the past few weeks to prepare,” Rodgers said. “Hopefully the rest of the team does the same.”