If there is one thing that has been clear throughout the Aaron Rodgers saga, it is that he harbors no hard feelings for Jordan Love. While there was some animosity around the pick itself, Rodgers did not show any of that distaste towards Love. In an interview with Bill Hubers of Sports Illustrated, Rodgers gave his final advice to Love before the season.
Aaron Rodgers Gives Jordan Love Final Piece Of Advice
Rodgers thinks that Love has the right attitude for the game and that Love should focus on the team in front of him, not the past quarterback.
“It’s only as big as you make it in your mind. A lot of that stuff is just fodder for articles and it never really feels that way inside the facility. It really doesn’t.”
“You feel the enormity of how the expectations are in Titletown, but it never feels like this incredible weight. Especially on a young team. Not a lot of those guys played with me for a lot of years. It’s a really young team. So, there’s not like this deep-seated group of four or five guys that were with me for so long. That’s the nature of the NFL. There’s so much turnover. So, it’s never going to feel like this overwhelming sense of, ‘How do I fill this guy’s shoes? What do I have to do?’ I promise you, I know he feels the same way.”
“And it’s not a slight to me, like it wouldn’t be a slight to Brett. It’s exciting. You’re the guy. You get to do whatever you want to do and lead how you want to lead. It’s not like this incredibly crazy, ‘How am I going to play football?’ It’s like, ‘No, now I get a chance to play football.’ And he’s got the right attitude.”
“The shoes are never as big as you think they are. The mantle is never as heavy as you think it is. The crown is heavy of being the leader, but it’s not like living up to these expectations or whatever it might be around who I was or what I did. It’s all about him and what he’s doing and how he’s going to lead, and he’ll be just fine.”
It is a lengthy quote but if anyone knows what Love is going through, it is Rodgers.
This usually doesn’t happen to most teams. The fact that the Packers have been able to go back-to-back on Hall of Fame quarterbacks is rare. Rodgers also had the unfortunate position of Brett Favre not wanting to mentor Rodgers. The fact that Rodgers genuinely wants to see Love succeed speaks to the character of both of them. Love has a great structure around him and a lot of young teammates to grow with. This team could become something special very soon if everyone develops.
Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love will always have intertwined careers. The hope is that each of them will find success in their new roles in 2023.