“Still Find Ways to Win”- NFL Analyst Compares Green Bay Packers to Excellent NBA Franchise

Published 12/01/2020, 12:01 PM EST
Oct 25, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Preston Smith (91) celebrates with cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) and linebacker Kamal Martin (54) after a defensive play during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


The Green Bay Packers have made a strong start to the season. The Packers are 8-3 this year and 1st in the NFC Northern Conference.

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The key to their great season has been Aaron Rodgers. The veteran quarterback is averaging his best pass completion rate since the 2007 season.

Rodgers’ numbers are even better than his 2 MVP years as well. A lifelong Packer, Rodger looks primed to lead Green Bay to the Playoffs once again.

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NFL and NBA analyst Jay Williams spoke on ESPN’s KJZ about the Packers. He compared the Packers to another excellent NBA franchise.

Nov 22, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

He said, “I just feel like they are the San Antonio Spurs of the NFL. All their guys are homegrown. We think about Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, guys that have grown up in the organization.

“Guys that they have drafted in the second round. ‘These are our guys long term’. Very similar to the Spurs.” 

He further elaborated on the similarities between the two franchises. While neither the Packers nor San Antonio are flashy teams, they are very successful.

“They’re not a flashy team, with the exception of Aaron Rodgers, who will make a flashy play every once in a while. That’s typically how the Spurs won their championships.” 

Green Bay Packers similar to San Antonio Spurs

For Williams, the similarities between the San Antonio Spurs and the Green Bay Packers are remarkable. Neither team is from a big market but are historically successful franchises.

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“They have an incredible fan-base, they’re always in the mix. They’re not in a large market. I just feel like they won championships, they have 4 Super Bowls. The San Antonio Spurs have 5 NBA titles.” 

Williams noted that the 2 teams are perennially successful. They are always in the mix and considered to be contenders in their respective leagues.

“I just feel like there are so many similar comparisons. And each and every year, they just win. You wonder how they do it…They still find ways to win. It just feels like they are the San Antonio Spurs of the NFL.”

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Both the Packers and the Spurs are successful franchises that haven’t experienced championship success in a lot of time. Yet they have been regular mainstays in the championship scene. It will be interesting to see how both teams do in the following season.

The Packers play the Eagles this Sunday, while the Spurs will take the court on the 22nd of December 2020 when the new NBA season begins.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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