Just a few hours before the draft commenced, a story broke about Rodgers having told people around the Green Bay Packers organization that he had no plans of returning to the team in 2021. Rodgers was also reportedly hoping that the team would listen to the San Francisco 49ers' offer for him.
Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL on FOX broadcaster Terry Bradshaw did not mince words Monday when asked about the situation. In an appearance on WFAN’s Moose and Maggie show in New York, he called out the Packers quarterback for being "weak”.
Terry Bradshaw calls out Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers has reportedly been upset with the Packers ever since the team traded up in the 2020 NFL draft to pick quarterback Jordan Love. Bradshaw said of the situation:
“Him being that upset shows me just how weak he is. Who the hell cares who you draft? He’s a three-time MVP of the league and he’s worried about this guy they drafted last year?”
Bradshaw compared Aaron Rogers' situation to his own in Pittsburgh. The Steelers used a first-round choice on quarterback Mark Malone in 1980 and a fifth-round pick on Cliff Stoudt in 1977 while Bradswas the team’s starter. He claimed he never worried about the draft picks, since he was focused on himself.
As for what the Packers should do in their current predicament, Bradshaw asserted it is simple - they shouldn't give in. The broadcaster said:
“I wouldn’t budge. Let Aaron Rogers gripe. Let him cry. Retire, you’re 38, go ahead and retire, see you later. I’m really strong about stuff like that. And it makes him look weak.”
Rodgers has been with the Packers since being drafted by the team in 2005. Much like his current situation, Rodgers was drafted in the first round despite the Packers employing legendary quarterback Brett Favre.
Rodgers took over the reins from Favre in 2008 and has since been the Packers' starting quarterback. He has won three MVPs and one Super Bowl in his time in Green Bay.
The quarterback won his third MVP award last season and led the Packers to the NFC Championship Game where they were beaten by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Packers are holding on to Rodgers for now, but a change under center looms large in Green Bay.