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Aaron Rodgers says some Pro Bowlers embarrassed themselves

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12), of the NFC, is sacked by the AFC defense during the first quarter of the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Aloha Stadium, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)


Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers thinks it’s time for the players in the Pro Bowl to step up their play.

Rodgers, who started for the NFC in Sunday’s game, said he thought there were some players on the field who looked foolish with their lack of effort.

“I’ll be honest with you,” Rodgers said on his radio show on ESPN 540. “I was a little bit disappointed. I felt like some of the guys on the NFC side embarrassed themselves.”

Rodgers said that when he’s in the Pro Bowl, he tries to give a good enough effort and put on a show for the fans, and he said it surprised him to see how many Pro Bowlers didn’t seem to care.

“Overall, I was just disappointed by the lack of pride by some of the players that played in the game,” Rodgers said.

Most of the 12.5 million fans who watched the Pro Bowl probably agree with Rodgers -- it was obvious that a lot of guys out there didn’t care whether they got the $50,000 winners’ share or the $25,000 losers’ share. Increasing the payout for the players on the winning team and decreasing the payout for the players on the losing team may be the way to fix that.