Aaron Rodgers can’t seem to stay out of headlines. After showing up for training camp, Rodgers recently had an eye-opening and revealing press conference.
The Packers quarterback has had one of the most turbulent offseasons for a superstar in recent memory. From potentially demanding a trade, to holding out of training camp and the 2021-22 season, to even retiring, Packers fans have been on an absolute roller coaster this year.
During the nearly 33-minute conference, the reigning MVP revealed exactly what was going on in his mind over the past few months and how things go to be so tense within the Packers organization. Here are the 3 biggest takeaways:
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Aaron Rodgers Press Conference: 3 Major Takeaways
Rodgers believes the Packers disrespected their veterans.
The Packers have had quite a few great players play during the Aaron Rodgers era. Randall Cobb, Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Julius Peppers and T.J. Lang, to name a few. Rodgers had harsh words for the Packers.
“I wanted to help the organization maybe learn from them some of the mistakes in the past, in my opinion, about the way that some of the outgoing veterans were treated. And just the fact that we didn’t retain a number of players that I felt like were core players to our foundation, our locker room, high character guys.” Rodgers added.
I’m talking about Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb, James Jones, John Kuhn, Brett Goode, TJ Lang, Bryan Bulaga, Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde. Guys who were exceptional players for us, but great locker room guys, high character guys. Many of them who weren’t offered a contract at all or were extremely low balled or were, maybe in my opinion, not given the respect on the way out that guys of their status and stature and high character deserved.
Aaron Rodgers first press conference back, he didn’t hold anything in. Very critical of the Green Bay front office. pic.twitter.com/f26w2zGoWs
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Rodgers doesn’t want the final say but wants to be more involved in the process
Rodgers went on to reveal that being involved more would allow him to do his job to the best of his ability. He was asked what the hold out was all about for him.
“This started with a conversation in February at the season-ending and I just expressed my desire to be more involved in conversations that directly affected my job.”
“I think I have a unique perspective being in a locker room and having been the starter here for 13 years and being here for 16 years. There’s not many people who’ve been in a position of influence longer than I have in this building. So it gives me a unique perspective to shed light on how things work together. One of the most important things is chemistry and cohesion in an organization. I think I can offer an interesting perspective.”
“It’s not where I need to have final say on anything. I never asked for that. I just want to be in a conversation. I’m interested in how they look at certain players and if they value character, if they value chemistry, if they value what they bring to the locker room.”
Reporter challenged Aaron Rodgers: Why do you want to be involved? Many of the players you wanted back ended up not having great years once they left. If the Packers didn’t decide to move on from Favre, you wouldn’t be here.
Rodgers’ full response: pic.twitter.com/Y9y8g7Tsix
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Rodgers knows other players are coming to Green Bay only to play with him.
Rodgers also made sure to tell people that he was the only reason free agents had even ever considered coming to the Green Bay Packers.
“I think we can all understand, Green Bay isn’t a huge vacation destination. People are coming here to play with me, to play with our team and knowing that they could win a championship here. And the fact that I haven’t been used in those discussions was one I wanted to change moving forward. I felt like based on my years, the way I can still play, that that should be a natural part of the conversation.”
Aaron Rodgers: “Green Bay isn’t a huge vacation destination, people are coming here to play with me…” pic.twitter.com/8QNdX5DVVb
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