Early in what might have become a transformative training camp, Marquez Valdes-Scantling received a gift from his quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers had heard his fourth-year receiver was an “avid reader,” something the two have in common. They had been discussing adversity and longevity, how Rodgers overcame a slow start in his career to fashion a Hall of Fame résumé, and Valdes-Scantling wanted to know what books had helped him most.
So between practices, Rodgers made a quick trip to Barnes and Noble, just a three-mile drive down Oneida Street from Lambeau Field. He left the store with a small library.
“There were probably, like, 20 books or so,” Valdes-Scantling said. “So I can’t tell you the whole names of them. But I started reading them.”
C’mon, man, I want to know what the books are. I am sure if I made a quiz from it, I would do poorly as I don’t tend to read self-help books.
However, I might get some gift ideas for my beautiful wife.