Aaron Rodgers responded on Friday to the comments of former Green Bay Packers teammate Greg Jennings, who was critical of the MVP quarterback in an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune this week.
Jennings and Rodgers were Packers teammates from 2006-2012, and Jennings says Rodgers had become so successful that it was difficult for him to be held accountable. It was the second time since signing with the Minnesota Vikings that Jennings expressed hard feelings towards Rodgers. In June, he wouldn’t mention Rodgers by name and said he’d take Brett Favre over Rodgers.
Rodgers responded on Friday after the Packers’ first training camp practice, telling the media he’s not concerned about what people are saying outside of his locker room.
“Well, like I said last year when there was some comments kind of like this, I’ve got a great responsibility to the guys in this locker room and the fans, and at this point, I don’t have a whole lot of time or energy to spend worrying about things that are said outside the building,” Rodgers said via Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin. “I know those are stories for you guys, but personally, I’m focused on this team. Obviously, you hear about them, but I’m not going to spend a lot of time or energy on them.”
Rodgers continued to say that he’s only concerned with the opinions of current teammates, not former teammates.
Head coach Mike McCarthy did comment on the situation, saying on Thursday, “When you put on that purple, something happens to you.”
Rodgers saying some similar comments were made last year was a reference to the agent of tight end Jermichael Finley questioning Rodgers’ leadership. For a guy who’s thrown for 84 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions the past two seasons, Rodgers seems to be taking a lot of heat. Maybe a lot of that has to do with his receivers being upset that they don’t get enough balls thrown their way because of all the receiver competition.