The Green Bay Packers.
Just the mere mentioning of that franchise gives me a bit of a scowl on my face. Or, sometimes, a smirk. Depending on what mood I am in. And, I’m sure this is the case for many, many Chicago Bears fans around the world.
Today the question is, “who is the opposing player I hated the most that I personally witnessed?” That answer is fairly easy to answer with one picture.
Aaron Charles Rodgers. The smirk. The ‘stache. This wall painting from his fans.
I hate it all. Every. Single. Bit.
This dude from the West Coast has alienated and terrorized the Chicago Bears for nearly two decades. Ever since his career truly began in 2008, he is 18-5 against our beloved warriors donned in orange and navy. It’s even more infuriating how he fell to the Packers at 24th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. Where he got to sit behind Hall of Famer Brett Favre for three whole seasons while perfecting his craft.
Now, there are endless reasons why I’m sure plenty around here hate this guy so much. I’m also sure someone will bring up the routine “even his own family hates him” comment. Yet, I do not know Rodgers or his family personally, and my reasons are far less personal than those remarks.
Instead, it’s primarily because of how good a player he has been. Even when he gets a gifted flag(s) from the refs, Rodgers just makes magic happen. Somehow, someway, he has a God given ability to pull a game winner out from his ass and bring the Packers back from an otherwise well earned loss. No matter how many times I shout at the TV and declare how lucky they are, Rodgers just does what he does best. And its REALLY annoying.
For an unofficial reason, and to provide a chance of knowing me better, I’m also a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Aaron Rodgers is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE). Much like the NFL the Greek Fraternities have their rivalries. I say this all in jest, too.
I will also say this. From times I watch him in his routine pressers, he comes off as selfish, almighty, and a bit of a prick. He likely doesn’t care about what any of us says anyways. That energy then trickles down into the Packers fanbase. Which, naturally, makes everything worse. It’s never Aaron Rodgers’ fault that the Packers lose their games on occasion. It’s always something else.
For the life of me, or any sane football fan, I’ll never understand why the Packers have won only a single Super Bowl with Rodgers as their QB. Except... perhaps, it’s because the franchise has always held him back with questionable decisions made around him. Why does management always assume continuity will bring them a dynasty? At least, that’s what I ask when looking at their overall history of not investing premium draft picks at skilled positions around the QB.
Aaron Rodgers may be having the same thoughts, ironically enough. He’s officially holding out from minicamp in Green Bay. All because of how strongly he feels about his disagreement with the “process” currently utilized by Packers management. Here is his notorious interview with his good friend, Kenny Mayne, where he mentions his exact thoughts on his current situation.
“The People.” “The Culture.” Such strong statements made towards the franchise who selected you 24th overall in 2005.
This standoff he’s having with Packers management is truly that more enjoyable to watch because of how firm Aaron is in his ways. Once he says anything, he never backs down. The Packers fanbase can be in as much denial as they could possibly desire. The reality is there’s a growing chance he’s not returning to the Green Bay Packers. Ever. 2020 may have been his last dance.
I sure hope Packers fans are ready for the Jordan Love era.
Cool moment during Packers training camp. After Jordan Love misses the mark during a QB drill, Aaron Rodgers gives him some tips, then shows him how it's done. pic.twitter.com/j8AP2hfboz— Chancellor Johnson (@ChancellorTV) August 20, 2020
Or, maybe, the Blake Bortles era.
The time has come for the Packers’ 30+ year streak of HOF play from their QBs to come to an end. Let the world witness just how “good” their team is after Aaron walks out the door forever. May they experience the same pain we Bears fans had at QB for far too long. And may we witness a new King crowned in the North.
The Buckeye is officially a Bear. ✍️ pic.twitter.com/gfneL5tBVZ— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 11, 2021
Now, I turn the floor to all of you.
Who is your most hated (or strongly disliked) opposing player? Charles Martin? Brett Favre? Or... a non-Packer player?