Packers CEO Mark Murphy Does Himself No Favor by Suggesting Aaron Rodgers To Be ‘Complicated’

Published 06/12/2021, 10:36 AM EDT
Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with head coach Matt LaFleur during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Green Bay Packers have a unique way of going about their business. Being the only US sports franchise to be publicly owned by the people of Green Bay, the Packers are a close-knit community. But even this level of togetherness is now being challenged thanks to the actions of Aaron Rodgers.

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The team’s star quarterback is reportedly looking to shift base from Green Bay. While he hasn’t publicly stated this desire, not turning up for OTAs or minicamp suggest that such very much is the case.

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The quarterback though did clear the air while appearing on a tv show recently stating that he has no problems with the fans, coaching staff, or his teammates. The one big entity not on Rodgers’ list, the Packers front office.

Many believe the team’s management decisions have irked Rodgers to the point of no return. And going by their recent comments, they certainly aren’t doing themselves any favors.

Recent comments might not go down well with Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy recently said that Rodgers has done something that very few individuals have been able to achieve over the past. Divide the Packers fanbase.

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While some Packers fans are rallying behind Rodgers, some believe that no one is above the team. While everyone would want Rodgers to be back, his decision to hold out has garnered mixed reactions.

Murphy also said that the team is trying its best to ensure that Aaron Rodgers returns for 2021. But his latest comments might not spark much enthusiasm in Rodgers to return.

Jan 3, 2021; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes against the Chicago Bears. The game was held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill on January 3, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

During an event at Lambeau Field, Murphy recalled a comment made by former Packers GM Ted Thompson, the man who had drafted Rodgers in 2005.

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“I’m often reminded though of Ted Thompson, as most of you know, just a great general manager, passed away… earlier this year. (He) often talked about Aaron, that he’s a comp — and it wasn’t just Aaron, a lot of different players,” Murphy said.

“He would say ‘He’s a complicated fella.’ So, I’ll just say that,” he added as reported by NBC 26.

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Echoing Thompson’s thoughts about Rodgers, Murphy seemed to hint that he too thinks the same. First, the comments about Rodgers dividing the team’s fanbase to now hinting at the quarterback being “complicated”, Murphy is definitely not doing himself any favor in trying to win back the trust of Aaron Rodgers.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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