The Green Bay Packers shocked everyone when they traded up from No. 30 to No. 26 to grab Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft. What did Aaron Rodgers had to say about the team’s decision?
This is the first time that the Packers selected a position player in the first round of the NFL Draft since 2005. Back then they took Aaron Rodgers with the No. 24 pick. The legendary Brett Favre was still the starting quarterback of the Packers when they drafted Rodgers and it is hard not to see that Favre and Rodgers have more in common than their Super Bowl rings.
Rodgers Says Love is Not to Blame
“Well, look, I’m a realist,” Aaron Rodgers told ESPN Wisconsin in March. “I know where we’re at as an organization and where I’m at in my career. I still feel like I have a ton of years left playing at a high level. I’ve always felt like it doesn’t matter who you bring in, they’re not going to be able to beat me out anytime soon. I feel really confident about my abilities and my place.”
Rodgers was surprised by how the Packers wanted to draft a quarterback. The most shocking part of this is that the Packers had more immediate roster needs to win the NFC North again
The one-time Super Bowl champion expressed interest in working with Jordan Love to develop him and have a strong relationship, just like what he has had with other backup quarterbacks during his career.
“It’s the same that I’ve done with all of my backup quarterbacks, and I feel great about those relationships I’ve developed over the years,” Rodgers explained last Friday.
“Many of them are still really close friends. I consider Matt Flynn a really close friend. I still have a lot of contact over guys I’ve played with over the years. I’ve had really great relationships over the years with those guys and expect to have that type of relationship with Jordan.”
The 36-year-old signal-caller also said that Love is not to blame at all, as he didn’t ask to be drafted by the Packers.
“He’s just coming in, exciting about his opportunity. We had a great conversation the day after the draft, and I’m excited to work with him. He seems like a really great kid with a good head on his shoulders.”
It’s encouraging to see Aaron Rodgers share this sentiment. Rodgers could have treated Love poorly and not help him learn; instead, he will take the high road and it seems that he will be a good teammate.
Drafting Love probably means that the Packers don’t see Rodgers spending the rest of his career with them. The way Rodgers handles having Love behind him can help or hurt his legacy. It will be up to him to determine how he wants everyone to remember him once he retires.
Winning another Super Bowl wouldn’t hurt him. BetOnline has the Green Bay Packers at +2000 to win Super Bowl LV at BetOnline, behind the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys.
Brett Favre Talks About Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love
Brett Favre thinks that he could have handled his departure from the Packers better than he did. The Pro Football Hall of Famer recently talked to ESPN Wisconsin and shared that he finally understands why former Packers general manager Ted Thompson picked Aaron Rodgers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
That move ended up being the beginning of the end for Favre’s career in Green Bay. Favre admitted that he would change how he reacted and how he was during the transition.
Favre recognizes the similarities between what happened to him and what is happening to Rodgers. The former Super Bowl champion did say that the Packers made a mistake.
“I think when I look at this situation with Aaron and my situation, yes, they’re very, very similar. But there is a big difference: They were several plays away from the Super Bowl this year. When we drafted Aaron, that wasn’t the case,” Favre explained. “So that made more sense.”