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Brandt offers insight into Rodgers' selection

May 7, 2014
 
California quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers' first-round draft pick, checks out Lambeau Field on April 24, 2005.  File/Press-Gazette Media
California quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers' first-round draft pick, checks out Lambeau Field on April 24, 2005. File/Press-Gazette Media

The Green Bay Packers caught one of the biggest breaks in the history of the NFL draft in 2005 when Aaron Rodgers slid all the way to their spot at No. 24.

Looking back, it seems like a no-brainer for general manager Ted Thompson to quickly snatch up the eventual NFL MVP quarterback, but as former vice president of finance Andrew Brandt wrote on TheMMQB.com, it wasn’t quite that simple.

In his recollections of previous draft experiences, Brandt offered some unique tidbits regarding the circumstances surrounding the selection of Rodgers.

The Packers had about 20 players graded as potential first-rounders, but Rodgers was the only one remaining by the time their pick arrived. Thompson proceeded to spend most of his allotted time in trade discussions while Brandt was asked to call and keep Rodgers and his then-agent, Mike Sullivan, on the phone.

It led to this cringe-worthy exchange with Rodgers back in New York:

“I called the number I had and got a terse “Hello…”

“Mike?”

“No, this is Aaron.”

I felt for him, and now I had to keep him waiting more.

“Hi Aaron, it’s Andrew Brandt with the Green Bay Packers. Can I talk to Mike?”

Thompson eventually pulled the trigger and the rest was history. Brandt said they could hear some booing from the nearby draft party crowd, but the future investment turned out to be the right move.

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