Packers fans use plenty of adjectives after Aaron Rodgers bombshell
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - It’s been a chaotic 24 hours in Titletown after Thursday’s bombshell report about Packers MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. ESPN and several other news outlets report Rodgers is “disgruntled” with the organization and has said he will not return to the team.
Rodgers so far has not made any public comments about the reports, but Thursday night Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said there’s no intention to trade Rodgers and they expect him to be back with the team.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Rodgers is unhappy for multiple reasons, including the team trading up to draft Jordan Love last year. Friday, NFL Network reports Rodgers may consider retirement if no changes are made.
As we wait to hear from Rodgers, the debate among fans (many of them team owners) is, who’s at fault for this situation? Fans had plenty of words to describe reports that Rodgers wants out -- including some words we can’t share here, and tamer ones like “diva,” “backstabber,” “betrayal” and “nonsense.”
For many, it’s hard to see Rodgers without a Packers uniform, especially after his MVP season last year when he led the team to the NFC Championship game.
“If you really wanted to have Rodgers stick around for all those years, then why did you trade up to draft a quarterback?” season ticket holder Mark Junio reacted.
“I think in any relationship, whether it’s football or whatever, if both parties don’t want to be involved, it’s OK to walk away,” Brianna Bauer of Green Bay said.
One fan told us she doesn’t believe any of the reports and prefers to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.
“So much goes on behind closed doors, in private rooms, that who knows really what the true story is,” Dana Dombrowski from Whitelaw said.
A Packer fan in South Carolina dreamed of sitting in the stands this fall to watch Rodgers play at Lambeau Field. Daniel Lybrand says he stands out in South Carolina because of his Green Bay Packers jersey, but this postal worker is a lifelong fan.
“I got mixed emotions. Like, I don’t want Aaron Rodgers to go anywhere,” Daniel Lybrand said.
Like many Packers fans, he was caught off-guard by reports that Rodgers wants out. At Christmas, Lybrand received a letter from Rodgers (see related story) and is planning to visit Lambeau Field for the first time to see him play.
“I’m not going to say it’s the end of the world, but I’ll be very disappointed if Rodgers is not the quarterback come this fall,” Lybrand said.
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