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Aaron Rodgers trolls Stephen Tulloch while explaining oddly-timed celebration

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During the Green Bay Packers’ 43-37 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night at Lambeau Field, red-hot signal-caller Aaron Rodgers busted out his patented “Discount Double Check” move at a time when it was not expected.

Rodgers broke out the celebration following a touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson in the first half. What made the timing a tad strange is that Rodgers usually reserves the move for when he makes it into the end zone himself.

The Packers quarterback was asked about his impromptu celebratory act during his weekly appearance Tuesday on 540 ESPN Radio Milwaukee. As he explained it, Rodgers could not help himself, taking a shot at Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch in the process.

“I just wanted to remind people you can do that celebration and not hurt yourself,” Rodgers said. “It wasn’t even really a big one. It was just a little one.”

Boom. Tulloch of course infamously suffered a season-ending injury during a celebratory dance performance earlier this season, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee after sacking Rodgers in Detroit’s 19-7 victory over Green Bay.

 

Rodgers probably was also taking a shot at Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston, who also injured himself in a similar manner, ending his season while celebrating a sack during a blowout loss to the New England Patriots.

Tulloch caught wind of Rodgers’ zinger and took to Twitter to respond.

Tulloch handled the shot taken by Rodgers at the expense of his embarrassing injury with class. Rodgers’ comments were off the cuff and he likely didn’t mean to hurt the Lions linebacker’s feelings, although Rodgers does come off to some people as something of a smug sort, and this troll job likely won’t ingratiate him to his critics, or any Lions fans, for that matter.

In fact, Rodgers was called out recently by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham for smirking during Green Bay’s blowout win over his squad.

Tulloch clearly took some semblance of offense to Rodgers’ barb and felt the need to respond.

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