At long last, Aaron Rodgers spoke with the media on Friday for the first time since the Green Bay Packers selected quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Packers’ franchise starting quarterback admitted he was “surprised” by the selection, but he understands that the organization has to think about the future.
“General reaction at first surprised,” Rodgers told the local Green Bay media, “like many people. I’m not going to say I was thrilled with the pick.”
Rodgers made it clear, though, that he’ll do everything he can to help Love. The Packers’ star quarterback was in a similar position when the team drafted him to eventually replace Brett Favre. But unlike his predecessor, Rodgers goes on to state that he’ll do anything he can to help the incoming talent.
“He didn’t ask to be drafted by the Packers,” Rodgers said of Love. “He’s not to blame at all. I had a good conversation with him the day after the draft and I’m excited to work with him.”
Rodgers, who’s played in Green Bay since 2005, admitted that he might have to finish his career elsewhere.
“What I can control is how I play and making that decision at some point a very hard one,” Rodgers said. “If there comes a time when I feel like I can play at a high level and my body feels great, there are other guys that have gone on and played elsewhere.”
For now, though, Rodgers is Green Bay’s starting quarterback. There will inevitably be controversy for years to come following the 2020 draft, but all Packers players, coaches, and fans can do is focus on the season approaching. Green Bay will look to improve on a 2019 season that sent them to the NFC Championship Game just a short few months ago.
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