I’ve had popcorn ready for weeks, as I patiently awaited Aaron Rodgers response to the Green Bay Packers moving up in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft to select
wide receiver offensive lineman defensive playmaker quarterback Jordan Love with their first pick.
On Friday, Rodgers did just that in speaking with Packers media for the first time since the draft.
Here’s what he had to say:
Most honest Aaron Rodgers answer just now, in response to being asked why he wasn't thrilled with the Love pick.
"My sincere desire to start and finish with the same organization, just as it has with many other players over the years, may not be a reality at this point."
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) May 15, 2020
Wow. That’s equal parts diplomatic, honest, endearing, and impressive. I almost hate how good of an answer that is, especially considering Rodgers’ past as someone who has long been outspoken about everything from coaches coming and going, personnel decisions, his teammates (past and present), and has been painted as a bit of a red-ass in some circles. Heck, Rodgers was in Love’s shoes years ago when he was drafted to be groomed as Brett Favre’s heir apparent. These calm, cool, and collected comments from Rodgers isn’t exactly what I was expecting. I mean, seriously … what the heck, man? I’m not supposed to vibe with these statements. COME ON!
So Rodgers still wants to play into his 40s, retire as a member of the Packers, and believes that his skills and abilities will take him there. But also acknowledges the challenges ahead with Love being on the roster and behind him (for now). Rodgers shared respect for the front office for doing what they felt necessary, but disappointment, as he clearly expected Green Bay’s decision-makers would draft an impact player that would help him on his quest for another Super Bowl title.
Rodgers still might end up finishing his career elsewhere, which is a sentiment held by many (including his former teammate Mr. Favre). But it seems like Rodgers is at peace with things at the moment. Of course, we’ll see how he feels about it later down the road.