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Golden Nuggets: How His Coaches and Teammates at Cal Remember Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers' coaches and teammates have no shortage of fond memories of his time at Cal.  Jeff Tedford recalls the locker room scene before Cal took on the juggernaut that was the 2004 USC Trojans.

"Aaron didn't sit in front of his locker, all freaked out about it," Tedford said last week. "He was walking around with a smile on his face, patting people on the back and saying, 'Here we go, guys.'

"He was going on the biggest stage of his career, and he just had such great poise and confidence. I'll never forget the way he walked around that locker room, the way he made everyone feel at ease."

JJ Arrington thought Aaron would have been the sure #1 pick of the 2005 draft.

"People were asking me questions about Aaron and Alex Smith at the combine," said Arrington, who reached the Super Bowl with Arizona two years ago and now is out of the league trying to recover from knee surgery. "I thought it was a no-brainer. I don't know how the 49ers didn't pick him."

Though it took a few years before he could take on the role as starter, Rodgers is even better than his teammates remember.

"Somehow, he looks faster than he used to be," former Cal wide receiver Chase Lyman said. "We always used to make fun of him for not being very fast, but now he looks like he can really move. I don't know what they're feeding him up there in Green Bay."

Or, as Philip said, "I was watching one of the playoff games, and (television analyst) Troy Aikman was saying he's probably the next most-mobile quarterback after Michael Vick. I mean, Aaron and Michael Vick in the same sentence for running?"

After the jump Chico celebrates Rodgers' Super Bowl appearance, CJ Anderson commits to Cal, and former Bears account for two TDs at the Pro Bowl.

Dave Nickle, former Cal baseball player and representative of Save Cal Sports, is confident that baseball, men's and women's gymnastics, women's lacrosse and men's rugby have raised enough money to be reinstated.