Super Bowl Champ Calls Jets' Aaron Rodgers 'Selfish and Self-Centered'

Jets Face Leadership Questions Amid Uncertainty

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Super Bowl Champ Calls Jets' Aaron Rodgers 'Selfish and Self-Centered'
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Shaun King, a former NFL quarterback and Super Bowl champion himself decided to go on record about his frustrations with Aaron Rodgers for missing the New York Jets' mandatory two-day minicamp as unexcused absences. King took it a step further while appearing on the "Go Long" podcast, calling Rodgers something of a selfish quarterback and at one point labeling him as "one of the most selfish and self-centered players in my generation," per Todderick Hunt of NJ Advance Media for NJ.com.

While he was part of the voluntary spring program, Rodgers had informed Jets head coach Robert Saleh and others that he already made plans for minicamp based on their dates. Teammates had differing reactions to his absence.

Cornerback D.J. Reed and running back Breece Hall both defended Rodgers, pointing to his familiarity with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's system as a reason why he didn't need to attend minicamp. But Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe refused to give Rodgers a pass earlier in the week, bashing him for choosing other events over mandatory team activities.

Sharpe's comments follow questions about Rodgers' dedication to Green Bay as it seeks to end the lengthiest active postseason drought in one of North America's four major team sports.

Rodgers' Controversial Absence

That was in line with what Sharpe expressed, and King pointed to the impact Rodgers' decision could have on members of Packers management.

As the rumblings of monumental shakeups in Jets leadership continue, including a scenario that could involve Saleh parting ways with general manager Joe Douglas and even Rodgers himself, King reflected on what significance those possible missing faces bowingly have.

That selfish where you can't reschedule that other thing to be at mandatory minicamp with cameras from 3 different news stations because he in NY? When you're in here playing cards and looking at the tape on TV or studying, that's what crosses your mind is just like "You know you are going to put your head coach and your organization in a tough spot because now they've got to answer questions why yo not here.

All of this other stuff is offseason-defined fodder that doesn't mean much if Rodgers goes out there in 2018 and looks anything like the guy who performed to a far different standard in his last season one where he played every game after missing most an injury-impacted campaign three years earlier.

Coming back from a torn Achilles suffered last September, his ability to recapture MVP form and restore the Jets to playoff contention is what will make this June meaningful for him. Rodgers is making headlines this off season and the debate of Rodgers leadership or loyalty to be a Jet personally.

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