GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers has not forgotten what it was like sitting in the green room during the 2005 NFL draft, waiting around as 23 other players were picked before the Green Bay Packers finally called his name. Cedric Benson, recently signed by the Packers, was one of the players Rodgers had to watch take the stage, shake the commissioner's hand and put on the hat of his new team.
Benson wasn't on the draft board for long; the Chicago Bears selected the University of Texas running back with the fourth overall pick. Not until 20 spots later was it Rodgers' turn to take a deep breath and realize his NFL dreams.
Seven years later, Rodgers and Benson are teammates, their football paths crossing once again. Rodgers is known for using falling far and fast in the 2005 draft as motivation for making him one of the league's top quarterbacks.
"I've always kind of watched his career from afar," Rodgers said of Benson, who will get his first action as a Packer on Thursday night in...