Following weeks of speculation over Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ future, the MVP has finally spoken out on the ongoing situation with the organization.
Rodgers appeared on SportsCenter yesterday for anchor Kenny Mayne’s send off. The longtime ESPN broadcaster hosted his final show last night, which Rodgers amusingly said was the “only reason” he was there. The pair joked around with each other quite a bit throughout the virtual interview. However, Mayne did get the Super Bowl champion to open up some about his soured relationship with Green Bay.
Recent reports have stated that the team’s relationship with the QB has deteriorated to the point that Rodgers wouldn’t return to the organization. Talks of a possible trade dominated the sports news cycle just a few weeks ago.
Things seemed to go downhill after the 2020 NFL Draft. The Packers selected quarterback Jordan Love with their first-round pick, which some saw as a possible replacement for Rodgers. While Rodgers didn’t seem to be too pleased about the pick at the time, he addressed that rumor and more during last night’s SportsCenter appearance.
Evidently it’s not about Love at all. It’s about the Packers front office and general manager Brian Gutekunst, and how they’ve handled the situation ever since.
“With my situation, look it’s never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan,” Aaron Rodgers explained, according to the NY Post. “I love Jordan; he’s a great kid. [We’ve had] a lot of fun to work together. Love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay. An incredible 16 years.
“It’s just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go. It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about doing things the right way,” he continued.
Aaron Rodgers Confirms That He Skipped Recent Team OTAs
Previous reports hinted at Aaron Rodgers never stepping foot in historic Lambeau Field again. Alleged trade demands from the quarterback circulated around the 2021 NFL Draft at the end of April.
While Rodgers didn’t confirm or deny if he’d play for Green Bay again, he did admit he skipped OTAs (organized team practice activities) this week. He also made his displeasure with Gutekunst and the front office clear while speaking with Mayne. Additionally, Rodgers complimented many of the people he’s worked with during his 16-year career with the Packers.
“I think sometimes people forget what really makes an organization,” Aaron Rodgers said. “History is important, legacy of so many people who’ve come before you. But the people, that’s the most important thing. People make an organization, people make a business and sometimes that gets forgotten. Culture is built brick by brick, the foundation of it by the people, not by the organization, not by the building, not by the corporation. It’s built by the people.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play with a number of amazing, amazing people and got to work for some amazing people as well. It’s those people that build the foundation of those entities. I think sometimes we forget that,” he added.
We’re still four months away from the start of the 2021 NFL season. But until Aaron Rodgers walks through the doors of Green Bay’s practice facilities, speculation over his future will continue. All eyes will be on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers as the season nears. Green Bay has publicly stated they have no intention of trading their superstar quarterback. So it will be interesting to see how the situation plays out over the coming months.