Aaron Rodgers Reveals the First Thing He Did After Learning the Packers Drafted a New Quarterback
While talking with The Ringer, the current starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers opened up about what his initial reaction was when he learned his team had drafted a quarterback. In the 26th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Packers selected QB Jordan Love from Utah State.
As Rodger explained, when he heard the decision his organization made to select another quarterback he “was definitely surprised.”
“When they drafted up, you know I was watching the draft and thinking about which receiver might be there at that time and I think there was a run on them in the early twenties and kid from LSU who I loved watching, went I think to Minnesota in the early 20s. I know the kid from Clemson was still there… And the kid from Arizona State.”
It was because of that that when the Packers traded up, Rodgers understandable “perked up,” thinking they were about to draft someone he could throw to this next season. However, that’s not what happened.
“And then I got a text because everything was so delayed. I got a text from my agent. He just texted quarterback,” Rodgers said of that moment. “I was like, ‘Oh wow, okay.'”
And that’s when Rodgers went for the tequila even though he prefers scotch. He said he knew it was going to be one of those nights that people were going to be calling as a result of the Packers decision to draft a quarterback so early in the draft.
Nonetheless, the quarterback admitted he was “fine” with the pick. “Like I said I wasn’t elated, especially being one game away from the Super Bowl and feeling like we were a couple of players away, but at the same time I understand that it’s a business.”
However, Rodgers was also quick to point out that there really aren’t any parallels between when he was drafted in 2004 to present day. When Rodgers was drafted with the intention to succeed Brett Favre, the Packers had lost in the first round of the playoffs and were 10 and 6.
Last year, the Packers were 13 and 3, one game away from the Super Bowl, and Rodgers has talked about playing into his 40s. “I see the parallels based on age for sure,” but other than that, there aren’t that many similarities, Rodgers says.
Yet, despite not being thrilled about the pick, Rodgers still reached out to Love because he’s been in his shoes before and he knows how he feels.
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