Jordan Love reflects on challenging Packers era as Aaron Rodgers’ backup: “Hardest time was when he re-signed”

Green Bay Packers’ new starting quarterback Jordan Love recently spoke to the media about the pressure coming with replacing future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers following his departure from the franchise due to the blockbuster trade with the New York Jets.

Jordan finished his career at Utah State ranked No. 2 in school history with the mark of 8,600 passing yards, 689 completions as well as 1,125 attempts and became the fifth Utah State player in school history to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. He entered his fourth national football season as Green Bay’s starting quarterback after backing up the team’s long-time QB Rodgers for the past three seasons.

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What did the Packers QB Jordan Love say about the challenges in post- Aaron Rodgers era?

The Packers new QB1 opened up to the media for the first time on Wednesday since the team traded Aaron to the Jets and discussed the pressures come with the position, albeit he also expressed optimism to face the challenges on the field.

“You’re an NFL quarterback. There’s only so many of you. So everyone’s watching you. Everyone’s watching every move you make on the field, so it’s pressure. But that’s what comes with the position. That’s what I signed up for, that’s what I knew I was getting myself into, and it comes down to me just making the most of that”, he said.

The 26th overall pick in the 2020 draft revealed Rodgers spoke to him following the trade and assured to assist him whenever needed.

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“He wished me the best and (said he’s) always there for me if I need anything if I have any questions or anything. I’m always just grateful to be around him and for the time I had with him, to be able to learn and be behind him”, he added.

The Packers young QB admitted his frustration when Aaron signed the three-year, $150 million deal last year as it seemingly indicated the 10-time Pro Bowler would be finishing his career in Green Bay, however, he didn’t halt back and decided to give his best on the field.

“I’ll admit, I think the hardest time was when he re-signed the contract last year. It was kind of like, ‘OK, well, where do we go from here? What do I do?’ And I think I sat back, thought to myself and just came back with the approach, like, ‘Let’s just go ball out any opportunity I get”, Love added.

The 24-year-old performed like a hero by recording 19-of-34 for 190 yards, a touchdown, and an interception against the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in 2021 when the Packers QB1 was out due to a positive COVID-19 test.

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Love is preparing for his fourth season with the Packers, and hoping to make significant progress in his development as a player. While he too knows replacing a four-time MVP won’t be easy, he seems ready for the challenge and is probably looking forward to showcasing his skills on the field.

Many Packers fans will be watching closely to see if Love can live up to the hype and fill the shoes of one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.


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Maliha works as a content writer in Sportszion specializing in NFL and NBA. She has completed her graduation and post-graduation, majoring in MIS (Management Information Systems). She loves analyzing sports and keeping fans updated with the latest sport buzzes.


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