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'I'm offended': Aaron Rodgers's T-shirt gets attention as he trades barbs during 'The Match' interview


If looks could kill ...

And by "looks" we mean "what Aaron Rodgers is wearing."

Rodgers joined his fellow competitors in a conversation about the forthcoming TNT golf event, "The Match," and the banter included tongue-in-cheek references to his "quiet offseason."

But it's the intriguing message on his T-shirt that stole the show: "I'm offended."

It could mean anything. Or nothing at all. It's easy to wonder if it's a response to Green Bay Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy's recent public comment that called Rodgers a "complicated fella," something many Packers fans fear potentially stirred the pot in the rift between the team and Rodgers.

Of course, it's also possible — perhaps even likely — that the prerecorded interview was in the can before Murphy made the comment June 10.

In a conversation moderated by Brian Anderson, whom local fans know from his work as Milwaukee Brewers TV play-by-play man, the Packers quarterback sat down with Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau to discuss the July 6 event pairing Rodgers with DeChambeau against the other two, meaning Rodgers and Brady will have a rematch after last year's NFC championship game went to Brady and the Buccaneers. 

Anderson joked that Rodgers seemed to be keeping a low profile this offseason

"It's been one of those quiet offseasons you just dream about, where you just kind of go through your process on your own quietly," Rodgers quipped. "That's all you can ask for as an older player in the league ... enjoy that time to yourself, relax, not be bothered, not have any obligations or anything going on. That's what this offseason has been about, been about really enjoying my time and spending it where I want to spend it and not feel like I have to go anywhere, not have any responsibilities but still be an NFL player. It's been great."

Uh-huh.

Rodgers, of course, did not report to the Packers' mandatory minicamp during his heavily reported rift with team management. While it's unclear whether Rodgers will report to training camp in late July, he's been photographed vacationing in Hawaii and will participate in this golf event. He's only given one interview specific to the Packers situation on Kenny Mayne's last SportsCenter.

And what about that T-shirt? As part of the interview, DeChambeau poked fun at Mickelson's most recent play, when he missed the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial National in Texas, an event that finished in late May. Mickelson hasn't golfed since, so nothing specifically dates the interview, but the conversation appeared to be taking place at a time when the Colonial event was in the immediate past.

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Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau trade barbs in advance of 'The Match' on TNT in early July.
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Heck, we know Rodgers. If the interview is indeed more recent, it could be he knew onlookers would think just that and did it to mess with the masses. It could be we are playing into his hands by writing this story. We're paranoid now.

Brady also brought up that open wound of the NFC title game, as he's done before. 

"I do think you have a partner that would probably have liked to go for it a little more often than he has in the past, so Bryson, I'm glad you're encouraging him to go for it when it's on the line rather than just knock it into the fairway or something like that and try to play for the next shot," Brady said, speaking to DeChambeau.

"I'll never push anyone to do anything, so he can choose whatever he wants to do," DeChambeau responded.

"Well, I usually don't get the option," Rodgers quipped.

For those who somehow don't get the reference, that's a nod to the Packers' late-game decision to kick a field goal instead of going for it on fourth down when the Packers trailed the Bucs by 8 points in that NFC title game in January. Rodgers and the Packers never got the ball back again. 

It came up during Rodgers' stint hosting "Jeopardy!", too

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Rodgers also said one of the things he wanted to accomplish in the match was "get under Phil's skin," including generating jealousy over ... Rodgers' calves? Mickelson's calves became internet famous a couple years ago. 

"When you play a sport where you actually put your body on the line week after week, you're prone to having injuries," Rodgers quipped to Mickelson. "We're not sitting in golf carts. I know you've been playing on the Champions Tour a little bit (where carts are allowed). You're riding around on your golf cart; you don't really have to do anything athletic the entire day."

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or jradcliffe@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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