Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers has revealed that his issue with the Packers isn't drafting Jordan Love but rather their organizational philosophy. The relationship between Rodgers and the Packers hasn't been perfect in recent months but Green Bay has refused to trade their disgruntled quarterback.
"With my situation, look it's never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan," Rodgers told Kenny Mayne on ESPN. "I love Jordan; he's a great kid. [We've had] a lot of fun to work together. Love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay.
An incredible 16 years. It's just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go. It's about character, it's about culture, it's about doing things the right way."
Rodgers altered the Packers' plans to move on from him
Last season, 37-year-old Rodgers won his third MVP award and proved that he is still capable of playing at the highest possible level. "A lot of this was put in motion last year, and the wrench was just kind of thrown into it when I won MVP and played the way I played last year," Rodgers said during the interview.
"This is just kind of, I think, a spill-out of all that. But it is about the people, and that's the most important thing. Green Bay has always been about the people -- from Curly Lambeau being owner and founder to the '60s with [Vince] Lombardi and Bart Starr and all those incredible names to the '90s teams with coach [Mike] Holmgren and Favrey [Brett Favre] and the Minister of Defense [Reggie White] to the run that we've been on.
It's about the people." Rodgers praised everyone except Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and the Packers' front office. "I think sometimes people forget what really makes an organization," Rodgers said on Monday.
"History is important, legacy of so many people who've come before you. But the people, that's the most important thing. People make an organization, people make a business and sometimes that gets forgotten. Culture is built brick by brick, the foundation of it by the people, not by the organization, not by the building, not by the corporation.
It's built by the people. "I've been fortunate enough to play with a number of amazing, amazing people and got to work for some amazing people as well. It's those people that build the foundation of those entities. I think sometimes we forget that."