‘He is Very Sensitive’- NFL Analyst Believes Packers Could Use Fan Sentiment to Woo Aaron Rodgers Back

Published 05/09/2021, 1:07 PM EDT
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 30: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers and their star quarterback Aaron Rodgers are at a crossroads. The 2020 NFL MVP winning quarterback wants out, while the franchise is reluctant to initiate a trade. 


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With the Green Bay Packers doing little to nothing to reassure Rodgers of his future at Lambeau Field, the quarterback is reportedly not too keen on returning for the green and yellow.

Rodgers is a 3-time NFL MVP and the last QB to guide the franchise to a Super Bowl. Thus possibly losing out a player of his caliber comes as devastating news to the Packers faithful. 


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But one NFL analyst believes that it is the sentiment of the fans that the Packers could use as leverage to try to bring Rodgers back for 2021. 

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Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, NFL analyst Mike Florio talked about the earlier stated proposition.  

“I think what they’re banking on is Rogers’ intense desire to not be hated by Packers fans. I think that’s why they’re taking a hard line,” said Florio.

Florio said that Rodgers is unlikely to choose the path of his predecessor Brett Favre. Favre was adored by Packers fans until he pushed to leave the franchise after spending 16 years with them.  


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“That’s why they’re confident he’s gonna find a way to save face and show up… Because if he doesn’t show up, he automatically becomes Brett Favre when they hated Brett Favre.” 

Given that there already are rumbles of discontent among the Packers faithful, Florio said that the Packers know Rodgers well enough to know he wouldn’t want to hurt Packers fans. 

“They’re already starting to waver a little bit on Aaron Rodgers based on what’s happened the last eight days. And I think the Packers read of Rogers and they know him better than anyone after 16 years. He does not want the fans to hate him. He is very sensitive.”


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

With Aaron Rodgers yet to publicly state his opinion regarding the matter, a lot of the news surrounding Rodgers relies on ifs and buts.

The thought of Aaron Rodgers stepping onto an NFL field in any color apart from the green and yellow of Green Bay is one that deviates from the normal. But with the way things stand, in 2021, it could definitely happen. 


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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.