And if we've learned anything from Rodgers, it's that he always feels like he has something to prove, even if he's still one of the NFL's best quarterbacks.
Aaron Rodgers has returned for the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter after being taken off the field on a cart because of a knee injury. Three second half scoring drives including 17 points in the fourth quarter will be the highlight.
Edge defender Khalil Mack was dominant at times, especially in the first half when he recorded several pressures, topping it off with a strip sack fumble and interception return for a touchdown. He completed his first two passes, both of which were quick hitters likely created to ensure the Bears' pass rush couldn't get to Rodgers.
After the game, NBC's Michele Tafoya asked Rodgers how confident he was that he'd be ready to go against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.More news: CBS makes it official: Leslie Moonves is out
It was Rodgers' first regular-season home game since September 28 against the Bears. Second-year quarterback Deshone Kizer took the field to lead the Packers offense in Rodgers' absence.
The Bears looked to be in solid command before halftime with a 17-0 lead after Rodgers left the game with a knee injury.
Of course, the Packers are trailing 17-0 and the Bears have the ball, so putting him back out there tonight might not be the most prudent play, either. He missed nine games last season with a broken right collarbone, preceding Green Bay going 7-9 and missing the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. He says that's the knee Rodgers tore his ACL on in high school and had repaired in college. He broke Prince Amukamara's ankles and scored from 12 yards out after making a short catch, faking inside and breaking it back outside, but only after he completed a spinning catch for 51 yards three plays earlier.