When the Super Bowl MVP quarterback walked in carrying the trophy, Jennings excitedly said, "I need to see that" before scooting through a crowd to reach Rodgers' locker.
Moments earlier, Jennings was wincing because of pain in his left shoulder when his pads were being pulled over his head. He was hurt while blocking on a play before his first TD catch.
"It's OK now," Jennings said, "because the season is over and we're champs."
"I really didn't think it was going to make it to me. ... I thought he might get his hands on it. It looked like it grazed off his fingertips," Jennings said. "(Polamalu) caught me pretty good. He caught me pretty good."
Jennings said he actually was hurt two plays before that when throwing a block on fellow receiver Jordy Nelson's 16-yard gain.
The Packers didn't score again until Jennings caught an 8-yarder in the fourth quarter, a catch in the right corner of the end zone out of the reach of Polamalu. Jennings celebrated by throwing both arms high in the air after making it 28-17 with just less than 12 minutes left.
"I saw Troy, but it was more I was looking to the left and coming back to the right side, and had a good idea from a couple of plays before that Greg was going to be open on a corner route," Rodgers said. "He made a good catch. I almost threw it too far."
Not for Jennings, even with a sore shoulder. He caught four passes for 64 yards.
"That was completely my fault," Polamalu said. "Earlier in the game, they ran Jennings down the middle and I was anticipated that same pass play. And I guessed wrong."
And those big plays were even more important with veteran receiver Donald Driver out after injuring his ankle in the first half.
"Obviously throughout childhood, you dream of having the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl. And being afforded this opportunity to fulfill it, it speaks volumes not only about this organization but about the guys that made up this team this year," he said. "We were able to overcome a lot of adversity, even throughout this game, and we got it done."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press