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Brian Urlacher shares which NFL QB was the toughest to face

Brian Urlacher

Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher faced a lot of tough opponents during his storied 13-year career, but one stood out above the rest.

During an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show earlier this week, Urlacher was asked about the quarterbacks he’s played and which presented the toughest challenge. Without hesitation, he named Chicago’s primary rival: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“We couldn’t beat those [expletive],” Urlacher said. “We beat them like one time in 2010. You can put whatever receivers you want there, I don’t care who he is, he’ll make them better.”

And what separated Rodgers from the other quarterbacks Urlacher has faced? It’s a laundry list.

“Got a great arm, very accurate, smart,” Urlacher said. “It’s like Tom [Brady] and Peyton, [Manning] — they know all know exactly what your doing before the ball is even snapped there’s no key to that, they all know what’s going on. He threw four picks last year, how do you do that in 16-17 games?”

“It’s amazing how good of a position he puts his team in because he doesn’t turn the ball over. The guy is unbelievable at putting the ball on the money … You’re just not gonna fool him.”

Rodgers is 22-5 against the Bears throughout his career — the most wins he has against any NFL franchise. His 61 touchdown passes are also the most against any NFL team.

Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams prove they are still friends

Aaron Rodgers with his helmet on

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers may have been disappointed when Davante Adams no longer wanted to be his teammate, but it does not appear there is any bad blood between the two superstars.

Adams and Rodgers went golfing together on Saturday. They both shared photos on their respective Instagram stories.

Earlier in the week, Adams spoke about his decision to ask the Green Bay Packers to trade him. The wide receiver wanted to play with Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who was his teammate in college. Adams also admitted that Rodgers’ uncertain future played a role, but that does not mean there are hard feelings.

Many assumed Rodgers knew Adams was gone when the quarterback signed a new deal with the Packers. While that was not the case, Rodgers obviously does not hold it against his former teammate.

Davante Adams shares 1 reason why he left Green Bay

Davante Adams in pads

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) participates in training camp at Ray Nitschke Field, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Aaron Rodgers’ flirtation with retirement this offseason had an effect on Davante Adams’ decision to leave the Green Bay Packers.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Adams said that the uncertainty around Rodgers’ status for 2022 and beyond in Green Bay played a role in Adams wanting out.

“I got aspirations of doing really, really big things and being remembered, and it just wasn’t really a point in my career that I was willing to sacrifice Aaron not being there after a year or two,” Adams said.

Adams’ concerns about Rodgers were well-warranted, considering that the quarterback strongly considered retirement this offseason. Rodgers did however say that he thought Adams would be back when Rodgers made his decision to return to Green Bay.

By getting traded to the Las Vegas Raiders and signing a long-term deal with the team this offseason, Adams got both the money he was looking for, and a quarterback who isn’t going anywhere for a while.

Adams signed a five-year contract after his trade, while Carr signed a three-year extension in April. Carr is also just 31 years old compared to Rodgers, who is 38.

Last season, Adams had the second-most receptions in the NFL (123). The 29-year-old also had the third-most yards (1,553) and fifth-most touchdowns (11) in the league. He averaged 12.6 yards per catch.

Aaron Rodgers makes bold comment about his future plans

Aaron Rodgers with his helmet on

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

At various points over the past few years, Aaron Rodgers’ future with the Green Bay Packers has appeared to be in serious doubt. That makes a comment he made Tuesday even more notable.

Rodgers had a firm answer when asked if he expected to finish his career with the Packers. Rodgers, who signed a new contract during the offseason, said he “definitely” expects to retire with the franchise.

That is a far cry from where things stood with Rodgers as recently as March, when there were rumors that he was said to be lining up trades to other teams. Things have apparently changed after the Packers signaled their firm commitment to the quarterback.

One factor that could matter here is when Rodgers plans on retiring. The quarterback has not been shy about the subject, and there are indications that he gave it legitimate thought before opting to return for 2022. It’s entirely possible that Rodgers is saying this because he might contemplate playing in 2022 and then calling it a career.

Aaron Rodgers shares stance on mentoring young QBs

Aaron Rodgers in a hat

Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts following the loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers is the latest quarterback to weigh in on whether veteran quarterbacks have a responsibility to mentor their potential heir apparent.

Rodgers, who has been backed up by long-term project Jordan Love for the last two seasons, said he is open to helping younger quarterbacks. In his mind, however, the quarterback has to want help before he’ll put in the effort.

“If they want it,” Rodgers said during a roundtable discussion at “The Match”, via Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports. “If they want that help.”

Rodgers alluded to how he shadowed Brett Favre as a young player in Green Bay, a decision Rodgers made on his own.

“I was in his hip pocket all the time,” Rodgers said. “I was standing behind him in the huddle sometimes, listening to what he was saying before the start of a period. I was sitting in meetings with him, [taking] a ton of notes. I was watching hours of film on Mondays and Tuesdays trying to give him a little advantage for the week if I saw something that might help him in a game.”

The question of mentoring has been a hot topic around the NFL ever since Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill made strong comments on the subject. Rodgers is a good person to answer on the subject. He disliked the Packers’ decision to draft Love, but that had more to do with the lack of immediate help, and he has forged a solid relationship with his young backup. That is a setup other quarterbacks could model.

Aaron Rodgers had great Jackson Mahomes TikTok zinger

Jackson Mahomes smiling

Mar 10, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes I! (right) watches the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets with his brother Jackson Mahomes (left) at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The four famous quarterbacks who participated in “The Match” on Wednesday night did their best to spice things up with some friendly trash talk. Aaron Rodgers succeeded in landing one friendly zinger.

Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady and Josh Allen were the four quarterbacks who participated in the two-on-two golf match. The men were asked questions and gave their responses, and then Turner edited the answers to produce some fun videos.

In one video shared by Bleacher Report, Rodgers was asked which social media app he opens first when he checks his phone. The Green Bay Packers quarterback said “Probably Instagram. It used to be Twitter when Twitter was fun.”

Then Rodgers zinged Mahomes.

“Pat I’m sure is a big Tik-Tok-er. It runs in the family,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers’ line was aimed at Patrick’s brother Jackson. Jackson is known for his social media presence, which often gets him in trouble. Jackson’s social media antics have also made him one of the most disliked NFL figures.

Rodgers showed his quick wit with that zinger. Then he went out and delivered the winning putt.

Jordan Love shares honest reaction to Aaron Rodgers’ new contract

Jordan Love throws a pass

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) looks to throw in the first quarter in the team’s first preseason game against the Houston Texans on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
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The Green Bay Packers drafted Jordan Love as Aaron Rodgers’ heir apparent at quarterback. Now, with Rodgers’ new contract, it is fair to ask what Love’s future holds with the team.

Rodgers signed a new three-year deal with Green Bay in March, and if the veteran sees that deal out, it will cover the entirety of Love’s rookie contract. When asked about that, Love made clear he was very happy for Rodgers, but admitted the deal brought about some mixed emotions.

“I was super happy for Aaron. Obviously, the dude deserves it, what he’s done the last two years,” Love told reporters on Tuesday. “Personally, for me, it just means I’m about to be a backup again for this year. That’s all I can control right now. I was happy for Aaron, but at the same time, it’s like, ‘ah,’ you know?”

Love is definitely a little disappointed, which is understandable. Not only does Rodgers’ return and new deal leave him as a backup for 2022, but it calls into question when Love will get the chance to win the starting job with the Packers, if ever.

The question now is whether the Packers will keep Love or start thinking about trading him. That decision probably won’t be made for at least a year, but it may be in the back of everyone’s mind.

Tom Brady has savage trash talk about Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams trades

Tom Brady fired up during a game

Dec 5, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts on the field prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady takes trash talk ahead of “The Match” so seriously that even his own teammate is not safe.

Brady and Aaron Rodgers are preparing to take on Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen in this year’s installment of Capital One’s “The Match,” which will be held on June 1. In a promo that was released on Tuesday, Brady took shots at Rodgers and Mahomes over their favorite wide receivers being traded this offseason.

That’s cold, Tom. We’re not surprised Brady brought up the Tyreek Hill trade, but did he really have to remind his own partner about Davante Adams leaving Green Bay? Brady should probably refrain from making similar remarks during the main event.

Brady played against Rodgers in “The Match” last year and roasted him leading up to the event. If you thought that would stop now that the two are teammates, you were wrong.

Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly duped by fake Aaron Rodgers quote

Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly Stafford

Nov 17, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with wife Kelly Stafford during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly has been active on social media for long enough to know that you should never take anything you read at face value. Unfortunately, she let her guard down this week when she happened upon a supposed quote from Aaron Rodgers.

A parody Twitter account called NFC North News posted a fake quote from Rodgers this week in which the Green Bay Packers quarterback praised Kirk Cousins. In the quote, which again was admittedly fake, Rodgers says he or Cousins would be the best quarterback in franchise history if you put either of them on the Detroit Lions or Chicago Bears.

Kelly, whose husband played 12 seasons for the Lions, did not appreciate the quote. She called out Rodgers in her Instagram story.

Mrs. Stafford quickly realized she had been duped. NFC North News made that more obvious by posting a fake follow-up of Rodgers telling Kelly to “sit this one out.” Kelly was a good sport about the whole thing.

This is certainly not the first time we have seen someone duped by a fake Twitter account. Many of the content the accounts create is designed to look very real. Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young also fell victim to one a few weeks back.

Kelly has always been quick to defend Matthew. In this instance, she was just a little too quick.

H/T New York Post

Shailene Woodley not taking Aaron Rodgers breakup well?

Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley take a selfie

Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley appear to have called off their engagement for good, and one may be handling the breakup better than the other.

Rodgers and Woodley broke off their engagement during the NFL season last year, but a report claimed they were trying to work through their issues as of two months ago. A source told Us Weekly on May 3 that friends have now been told the relationship is “over for good.”

Woodley is said to be more torn up about the split than Rodgers.

“Shailene is more upset over the split,” the source told Us Weekly. “Shailene was not happy in the relationship.”

According to a separate gossip report last week, Rodgers is “in a pretty spiritual place in his life” and focusing more on himself.

Rodgers and Woodley reportedly broke up initially because of their schedules and careers. The two began dating near the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020 and quickly got engaged. They were able to spend much more time together then. It probably is not a coincidence that they tried to reconcile once last season ended.

Rodgers, 38, signed a new contract with the Packers this offseason after contemplating retirement. He spent time with Woodley living it up in Hawaii last offseason amid a dispute with the Packers, but that is not going to happen this spring.