Right out of the gate, THANK YOU, Aaron Rodgers! Thank you for saying you weren't thrilled by the pick and giving us a polite truth instead of a bunch of fluff and bullshit.
So many fans, myself included, lost their fucking mind when the pick happened and are still trying to understand why on earth the organization would do this now. It's been brutal - every single story burns the open wound just a little bit more, and it's only the beginning.
But you know what just made it a tiny bit better? Hearing my quarterback be honest and say he was surprised and not exactly thrilled. It's a minor statement, but he didn't have to say that, he could have stopped at "surprise." So yeah, it feels damn good to hear his truth is our truth.
Unfortunately, he was a little too truthful when Rob Demovsky, with the final question, asked him why he wasn't thrilled.
"It was more the surprise of the pick based on my own feelings of wanting to play into my 40s. And the realization that it does change the controllables a little bit because as much as I ... there are some factors that are out of my control. My sincere desire to start and finish with the organization, just as it has many other players over the years, may not be a reality at this point. And as much as I understand the organization's future outlook... and I respect that... at the same time, I still believe in myself and have a strong desire to play into my 40s, I'm just not sure how that all works together at this point."
This destroyed me. Ripped me open, took my heart out, and then slapped me across the face with it.
I knew it, we all knew it: the Packers think Jordan Love is the future. It isn't breaking news or a wild theory, but that doesn't mean I wanted to hear it from Rodgers himself. I wanted to continue living in a delusional world where - somehow - there was a sweet, fairy tale ending to this draft pick: Rodgers would stay as long as he wanted to and when he was finally ready to retire, Jordan Love would take over and be the third consecutive HOF quarterback for the Pack. Fairies, unicorns, and mermaids!
Instead, my beloved quarterback says he doesn't see a world in which he starts and ends his career with the Green Bay Packers.
Typically, I love the truth, regardless of what it is, I welcome it.
If you don't like me, don't pretend to like me, just tell me straight to my face. Chances are I don't like you either, but if you don't put on a show, I'll at least respect you. Oh, what's that like a zillion bones are broken? Cool, the more I know, the quicker I can respond accordingly. I look like shit this morning? Yeah, you know, I feel like shit, so that makes sense. I'll be sure to find some concealer asap.
But when it comes to the Green Bay Packers, I live by the motto "don't ask questions you don't want to hear the answers to." I don't want to know these things because I don't want to go through it all over again. Especially when I'm still processing this current situation because it came out of nowhere - none of it was expected before the draft.
"Well I think what it does [the pick] is reinforce the adage that you can only control what you can control. It's always been a mantra for myself… it is telling at this point that that is truly out of my control…"
2020: The year of no control.
P.S. It may turn out that the biggest difference between Favre and Rodgers is Aaron's willingness to help Love just as he's helped every other backup quarterback he ever had. People forget Matt Flynn got PAID.