Greg Jennings went from fan favorite to enemy the second he decided to jump from the Green Bay Packers to the Minnesota Vikings. The wide receiver who brought Green Bay fans more than 6,000 yards and 53 touchdowns in seven seasons and helped win a Super Bowl is now wearing purple. Not only has he joined a rival, but Jennings also refuses to mention his former quarterback by name.
Whether by coincidence or not, Jennings avoided saying the name Aaron Rodgers in a recent interview with the Pioneer Press. He also said he would take Brett Favre over Rodgers when discussing how the two compare to Christian Ponder.
“When you talk about comparing quarterbacks, it’s hard to compare guys,” Jennings said. “I’ll take Brett. He did it for so long. I got there in a period of time where Brett already was there (as an elite quarterback). Then the guy they have now, he sat behind Brett and he learned so much.
“Christian didn’t really have that opportunity. He had to jump in. The way you compare them has to be a little different. The guy they have now (Rodgers) was (essentially) a veteran rookie. It’s a little different, but Christian has tremendous upside. I think what I see now is a quarterback who’s maturing and who’s growing and wanting to learn and grow, which is huge.”
The guy they have now, huh? That “guy” is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL and has already won a Super Bowl before his 30th birthday. That “guy” leaned heavily on Jennings before injuries forced him down the depth chart, which was not the quarterback’s fault.
Donald Driver would strongly disagree with Jennings’ assessment. Again, this could be a coincidence. Maybe we shouldn’t read into the fact that Jennings said “Brett” three times but referred to Rodgers as “the guy they have now” on multiple occasions. Whatever the case, the comments will likely help Packers fans figure out how to boo a player who gave them several great seasons.