Recognizing Rodgers – Vanderbilt University Athletics – Official Athletics Website
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers has had quite a professional career since playing his last game with the Commodores in 2012.
After a few seasons of professional football, Rodgers embarked on a successful television career as a college football analyst. He also became a household name thanks to a winning run on the hit TV show the bachelorette in 2016. He can now add to his long list of accomplishments being named one of the 100 greatest players in Vanderbilt Stadium history.
“It was never my goal. My goal was never to be among the best. My goal was to win games, develop friendships and launch my career,” Rodgers said. guys who have been through this program? It’s really special to see a lot of guys who were on the teams I was on. They really were a big turning point for the program and continue to be an inspiration .
Rodgers, BA’12, will return to Nashville this weekend as part of the SEC Network’s coverage of Vanderbilt’s 11 a.m. Saturday showdown with No. 23 Wake Forest. The California native will be on set for SEC Nationwill be broadcast live before kick-off, will be honorary captain for the match and will participate in the pre-match draw.
During his 25 games with the Commodores in 2011 and 2012, Rodgers threw for 4,063 yards and completed 24 touchdowns. As a senior in 2012, he threw for over 2,500 yards while making almost 60% of his throws.
Vanderbilt went 9-4 this season and beat North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl.
“Vandy was amazing,” Rodgers said of his three-year career in Nashville. “The success we had there and the friendships I made and then the degree and ability to use that and leverage Vanderbilt to do what I’m doing now is even more powerful and beneficial.”
Although Rodgers does not currently live in Nashville, he has purchased land in the area and plans to make Music City his permanent home in the near future. His brother, Luke Rodgers, also lives in Nashville, so Jordan visits him frequently.
During the summer, Rodgers often stopped on campus to speak with Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea, offensive coordinator Joey Lynch, and others about the Commodores’ progress. The early results of that progress have been positive so far, with Vandy beating Hawai’i 63-10 and Elon 42-31.
Rodgers also said he was pleased with Lea’s efforts and those of director of player personnel Earl Bennett as they worked to involve more former Commodores in the current team. Rodgers knows how the connection of past and present can impact the future.
“Vandy is unique. Guys who have had success here, not just in college, but have had success in their own individual careers afterwards, they know the challenges. But they also know the benefits of Vandy and love him for the reasons and who he is: the academics, the city,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s great because I don’t think it’s been like that for a good period of time. I think that’s one of the biggest things is that these kids saying: “Hey, I want to sign up for this.”
“They can see successful guys, whether it’s because of the degree they got, because of the opportunity they had, or because of their individual skills. I think it’s so important for these guys to see that there are those of us here who want to support you. We did it. Here’s a bit of our advice, or here’s a roadmap, or here’s just a sounding board.
— Chad Bishop covers Vanderbilt for VUCommodores.com.
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