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Aaron Rodgers: from Junior College Football to Superbowl MVP

Every year, thousands of high school athletes ask the question:

“Can I attend a junior college then be able to transfer to a D-1 school?” 

The answer is yes.  It is very possible to attend a Junior College and transfer to a D-1 program, there are tons of athletes doing it every year in multiple sports.  It is simply a question of the student-athletes dedication and determination, both in the recruiting process and the sport.  What better example of Junior College success is there than of Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers?

Rodgers spent his freshman year of college at Butte Community College in Oroville, California.  Despite receiving a walk-on offer from Illinois out of high school, the main concern with Aaron was his size (5′ 10, 165 lbs).  Despite what critics thought, Rodgers knew that he had the ability to achieve much greater heights.  After phenomenal success in his first year, throwing for 28 TD’s and leading Butte to a #2 National Ranking, Rodgers accepted an offer to play for the California-Berkley Golden Bears, and the rest is history.

It is rarely too late to find a Junior College program to compete in, and it may be a great move for many high school student-athletes with dreams of athletic success.  Complete listings Junior Colleges can be found at, except California Junior Colleges, which can be found at  There are hundreds of junior college football players currently in the NFL.  College sports recruiting is complicated business that provides many possible answers for high school students, and junior college may be the right answer for you.

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  • Other NFL players that played Junior College include Johnny Knox of the Bears, Steve Smith of the Panthers, Jeremy Shockey, Chad Ochocinco, Brandon Jacobs and many more