In 2005, the 49ers had the first overall pick and chose Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers became the Packers’ 24th overall pick.
Smith retired this offseason after eight seasons with the 49ers, five with the Chiefs and three with the Washington football team. Rodgers may or may not play a 17th season with the Packers in 2021.
Rodgers and the Packers are in deep trouble. The star quarterback took to ESPN on Monday and cited a difference in “philosophy” and noted that some members of the Packers organization forgot it was “the people”.
Smith makes it clear he’s firmly in Rodgers’ corner.
“It’s inexcusable,” Smith said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd when asked about the Packers’ treatment of Rodgers.
Smith called the Packers’ decision not to let Rodgers know they were trading to select Jordan Love in the first round in 2020 insulting.
“It’s about the people, and it is, and Aaron has been around for so long,” Smith said. “And I don’t think it was the fact that they drafted Jordan Love in the first round. I think the fact, how do you get a guy like Aaron, and you don’t make sure up front that you don’t go out of your way to make sure he knows he’s loved, that they want him there -low. So that we can take a quarterback in the first round, we want to make sure you’re okay with it. “