Rodgers drafted in fourth round by Green Bay

April 30, 2006

Green Bay Press Conference

NEW YORK -- Former TCU All-American Cory Rodgers has been selected in the fourth round of the National Football League draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Rodgers is the 12th Horned Frog to be taken in the NFL draft in Gary Patterson's five seasons as TCU's head coach.

Rodgers was the seventh pick in the fourth round and the 104th selection overall. In 2004, Frog defensive end Bo Schobel was also the seventh selection of the fourth round (103rd overall by Tennessee).

"I'm real excited to be going to Green Bay," Rodgers said. "It will be a lot of fun playing with Brett Favre.

"I'm looking forward to showcasing my skills and helping the team win."

A native of Houston, Rodgers received All-America honors as a kick returner for TCU in 2005. He was the only player in the nation to rank in the top 10 in both kickoff returns and punt returns. Rodgers placed third in kickoff returns with a 30.3 average and two touchdowns. He was one of only four players to bring back two kickoffs for scores. Rodgers was eighth in punt returns. His 15.3 mark included three returns for a 25.3 average in the 27-24 Houston Bowl win over Iowa State.

Rodgers was also an All-Mountain West Conference selection at wide receiver. He topped the Frogs with 52 receptions for 685 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for five scores on just 17 carries.

Rodgers' 17 career touchdown receptions, accomplished in just three seasons, have him tied with Mike Renfro (1974-77) for TCU's all-time lead.

With 150 career catches, Rodgers is fourth on the Frogs' receiving list. His 2,111 receiving yards rank sixth. Rodgers holds TCU career marks for kickoff return yards (1,747) and total return yards (2,572).

"It was a hard decision to leave early," Rodgers said. "I wanted to make sure my family was okay with it, and they backed it 100 percent. I've had a lot of accomplishments in college. I felt that I had nothing left to prove at TCU. I wanted to prove to people that I can play at the next level.

"I love special teams. It takes a special player to get out there, handle those returns and take that pressure. I love the edge of being able to change the momentum of a game."

In a 51-50 overtime win at BYU last season, Rodgers was the Walter Camp Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for four touchdowns and 265 all-purpose yards. He had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown while adding nine receptions for 137 yards and a 34-yard score. He also rushed for two touchdowns, including a 3-yard run in overtime.

Rodgers tied a career-high with 10 receptions as the Frogs opened the 2005 campaign with a 17-10 win at Oklahoma.



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