Minnesota Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges joined Jeff Thurn on Tuesday’s edition of Overtime. 

Hodges (@g_hodges6) is in his second NFL season. He was drafted from Penn State in 2013 by the Vikings and played in 11 games in his rookie season. Hear him talk about the Vikings, his first last Sunday against Atlanta, and this week's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Hodges started in place of Chad Greenway last week, and tells listeners what advice the former Mount Vernon native told him: 

"He did so. He just told me, I know you are gamer. I already know what you capable of. Just go out there and play ball. Go out there and do what you do. He's a wonderful guy. Great for the locker room, and great to be around. I have nothing but the utmost respect for that guy."

Hodges gives some keys for the Vikings to slow down Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers: 

"Going out there and reading our keys. Doing what we've been doing. Trying to win and go out there and making sure film and practice pinpoint it. Making sure we are hitting all areas. You know run game, pass game, and go out there and try to get a victory."

After watching film on Rodgers, do you consider him one of the elite?

"Oh yes. He goes right in that category. He does what he needs to do for his team to win. He's a great quarterback and it's a big task for us. You know it's a great task for our defense to go out there and pull out a victory. Go out there and play hard-nosed football."

The Packers and Vikings are on CBS and the NFL Network this Thursday. Fans can also listen to the game right here on ESPN 99.1

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