Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared in Kenny Mayne’s latest episode Sports center, at a time when Rodgers’ future with the team continues to be a major question mark.
Unsurprisingly, Rodgers has resisted making news. For the most part, he avoided doing it.
In addition to confirming that he did not show up at the start of the team’s OTA sessions, Rodgers avoided most questions about his status on the team.
“I’m just here so I don’t get fined, Ken,” Rodgers said at the start. Mayne persisted.
“It’s not about me,” Rodgers said. “It’s about you. It’s pretty much years and years of watching yourself on TV. You, not just the highlights, but tuned to watch you, Keith Olbermann and Stuart Scott change the ways this late night. SportsCentres had finished. “
Mayne did not give in.
“It’s not what they want,” Mayne said. “They didn’t call on you for a tribute video here. You could have shot this on Instagram or something. “
“I don’t care,” Rodgers said with a laugh.
Mayne continued, and he finally hit some semblance of paydirt. Rodgers has presented a largely unrealistic ideal that the Packers organization is “about the people,” with the clear implication that he thinks those who currently run the program have lost sight of that.
“It was never about a draft pick, picking Jordan [Love]Rodgers said. “I love Jordan. He’s a great kid. A lot of fun working together. I love the coaching staff, I love my teammates. I love the Green Bay fan base. Amazing 16 years old. It’s just kind of a philosophy, you know? And maybe forgetting that it’s the people who make it happen.
“It’s a question of character. It is a question of culture. It’s about doing things the right way. Much of this project was implemented last year. The key was just thrown in when I won the MVP and played the way I played last year. So it’s sort of, I think, the overflow of it all. But look, man, it’s about the people, and that’s the most important thing. Green Bay has always been about the people, from Curly Lambeau as owner and founder in the 60s with Lombardi and Bart Starr and all those amazing names to the 90s teams with coach Holmgren and Favre-y and the minister of Defense on the run. on which we have been. It’s about people.
But it really is not. Saying that football ‘is about people’ is no different from saying that ‘football is family’. No, football is business and it’s okay for companies to say things like ‘football is family’.
For Rodgers, it’s good for his reputation in the eyes of a skeptical fan base to say, “It’s about the people.”
The truth is, these are only “people” as they are people Rodgers doesn’t like. Whether it’s Managing Director Brian Gutekunst, CEO Mark Murphy, or one or more other front office members, it’s clear Rodgers has had enough of some people in the Packers organization, to the point that he wants to continue his career. with other people. .