Aaron Rodgers 'bummed,' not bitter about Packers' Jordan Love pick

JR Radcliffe
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Aaron Rodgers came aboard the maiden voyage Tuesday of Kyle Brandt's new podcast for The Ringer, "10 Questions with Kyle Brandt," and discussed the Packers' decision to draft Jordan Love. 

The podcast arrives on Spotify on Aug. 12, but The Ringer posted a clip of Rodgers' response when asked about his thoughts on draft night.

He was also asked how he thought he'd look in a Bears uniform.

"Oh man, that's a tough thought right there, man," Rodgers said with a laugh in the final seconds of the clip.

Rodgers talked about how he poured himself a drink when he caught wind that the Packers were going to take a quarterback, knowing phone calls from friends would start pouring in.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

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Rodgers pointed out the dissimilarities between the 2004 Packers team and the 2019 version, even though both decided to make surprising draft choices of quarterbacks in the first round. He noted the 2004 team went 10-6 with a quarterback (Brett Favre) who had pondered retirement in the past, and the 2019 team finished 13-3 in the NFC Championship game with a quarterback who has expressed a desire to play into his 40s. He also noted that the eras are different, and young quarterbacks are playing earlier in their career. 

But he also detailed how he reached out to Love and felt it was critical to convey his empathy for Love's situation.

"Was I bummed out? Of course, who wouldn't be?" Rodgers said. "I want to play my entire career in Green Bay. I love the city, I grew up there. Really, I got there when I was 21, and I'm 36 now; a lot changes during that time. But I get it. I see it completely clearly. I'm not bitter about it. It kind of is what it is."

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