The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Lori Nickel asked Green Bay’s probable starting QB Aaron Rogers to clarify some curious remarks in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

The magazine asked Rodgers œwhether he feels pressure to connect with the fans the way (Brett) Favre did.

œI don™t feel I need to sell myself to the fans, Rodgers responded. œThey need to get on board now or keep their mouths shut.

At a time when some fans are still mourning the retirement of Favre (or hoping he will change his mind), Rodgers™ comments might sting Packers backers all the more.

Reached by telephone Tuesday afternoon, Rodgers wanted to immediately clear up any misunderstanding with the team™s fans.

œI do care deeply about the fans and I think anybody who has been to training camp sees a lot of times I™m the last one out signing autographs. I care about the fans; I care about their opinions, Rodgers said. œEverybody wants the fans to care for them and to pull for them and I am no different.

œI think my record, as far as the time I spend with the fans, and more importantly the stuff I do in the community, kind of speaks for itself.

Perhaps, but that doesn’t even come close to explaining what Rogers was trying to say. Rather than disavow a ridiculous answer to a ridiculous question, perhaps Rodgers will be allowed 30 minutes a day in which he’s not reminded he’s never gonna be Brett Favre. While Rodger’s isn’t doing himself any favors by dissing Pack shareholders, we’re not even in the presason and he’s got Favre’s ghost holding a pillow over his face.