Originally written August 31, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers was not pleased with the way the media and the public had been treating his backup quarterback, Graham Harrell, throughout the preseason.But Harrell's play had warranted criticism. Through the Packers' first three games, he had completed just 32 of 63 passes with one touchdown and two interceptions. He had made enough throws for fans and reporters to get a reasonable idea of the type of NFL quarterback he might be if forced into action by a Rodgers injury during the regular season, and concern was building around a team with Super Bowl aspirations.Amid his struggles, Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy stood by Harrell and supported him, and that support was finally justified in Green Bay's preseason finale Thursday night.In the Packers' 24-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field, Harrell finished with a perfect 158.3 passer rating and displayed arm strength and accuracy that weren't readily apparent in the team's first...
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