Aaron Rodgers is the man every single person around the NFL is talking about right now. Even on the verge of Julio Jones' trade request, the legendary quarterback is still the most coveted asset around the league.
Rodgers hasn't taken part in his team's OTAs for the first time in his career and a lot of people feel like he's just never going to play another snap with the organization. Moreover, he hasn't exactly said or done anything to make us think otherwise.
Last night, the Green Bay Packers standout made an appearance on ESPN's SportsCenter during Kenny Maine's farewell show, and he didn't mince his words when discussing his situation with the organization.
Aaron Rodgers Opens Up On His Rift With The Packers Front Office
"I think sometimes people forget what really makes an organization,” Rodgers started. "And, you know, history is important, legacy of so many people who’ve come before you. But the people, that’s the most important thing. The people make an organization. People make a business and sometimes that gets forgotten."
"You know, 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 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, you know?” he added.
Rodgers Says It Has Never Been About Jordan Love
Rodgers shut down the narrative of him being livid at the organization for taking another quarterback in the first round, and actually said that he loves Jordan Love and working out with him:
“With my situation, look, it’s never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan,” the reigning MVP said. “I love Jordan. He’s a great kid. [It has been] a lot of fun to work together. I 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.”
These aren't the words of a man who's willing to bury the hatchet and just let things go. It seems as Rodgers has already made up his mind and convincing him to stay at Lambeau Field could be an uphill battle.