The Green Bay Packers bid farewell to their legendary quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, after an 18-year tenure with the team. In the wake of the trade, Packers General Manager, Brian Gutekunst, and Head Coach, Matt LaFleur, praised Rodgers’ incredible career and the impact he had on the organization both on and off the field.
As part of the deal, the Packers will receive a first-round selection, a second-round pick, and a sixth-round selection in 2023, as well as a conditional second-round choice in 2024. In exchange, the Jets will receive Rodgers and a first-round selection, and a fifth-round choice in 2023.
The Packers’ President/CEO Mark Murphy expressed gratitude for Rodgers’ impact on the field, in the locker room, and in the community, and wished him well as he moves to play for the New York team. The Packers plan to retire Rodgers’ jersey number, celebrate his induction into the team’s Hall of Fame, and recognize him on the Lambeau Field façade.
Aaron Rodgers Honored by Packers Management and Coach
Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst also expressed his gratitude towards Aaron Rodgers for his contributions to the team over the last 18 years. Gutekunst acknowledged Rodgers’ greatness as a player but also highlighted his competitive spirit, leadership, and toughness as qualities that made him a special person and player.
Gutekunst also mentioned that Rodgers’ daily expectations of himself and his teammates played a significant role in the team’s success during a particular era of Packers football. Finally, the successful GM wished Rodgers success in the future and looked forward to welcoming him back to Green Bay to celebrate his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“The daily expectations he placed on himself and his teammates were instrumental in all that we accomplished during a special era of Packers football. We wish Aaron nothing but success and look forward to welcoming him back to Green Bay in the future and celebrating his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur praised Aaron, saying that he was one of the best players he had ever worked with and that he was grateful for their time together on and off the field. LaFleur also highlighted Aaron’s competitive drive and leadership qualities, which set a high standard for everyone, including himself.
As the Packers prepare to retire Rodgers’ No. 12 jersey and induct him into the team’s Hall of Fame, they do so with the knowledge that his legacy will forever be remembered in Green Bay.
The memories of Rodgers’ incredible plays, thrilling victories, and his impact on the community will continue to inspire Packers fans for generations to come.