Terry Bradshaw’s message to Aaron Rodgers quantities to a game-show catchphrase: You are the weakest hyperlink! Goodbye!
Bradshaw, the Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL on Fox analyst, expressed his disgust for the way Rodgers is handling his ugly relationship with the Packers. A yr (or extra) of tensions courting to the Packers’ determination to draft eventual successor Jordan Love in 2020 boiled over Friday when ESPN broke the information that Rodgers doesn’t need to return to Green Bay.
“With him being that upset shows me just how weak he is,” Bradshaw said on the “Moose & Maggie” program on WFAN radio.
“Who the hell cares who you draft? He is a three-time MVP in the league and he’s worried about this guy they drafted last year [in the first round].”
Bradshaw admitted there could be extra to the story than meets the attention.
“I don’t know what was said behind the scenes,” he mentioned. “I don’t know if he said, ‘Look I’ll play [in 2020] and then I want out of here,’ and they said, ‘Fine.’ Then he is the MVP of the league. None of us know unless he told some insiders and they are saying it. I don’t hear it. For him to be upset, my God, I don’t understand that.”
Bradshaw gained 4 Super Bowls within the Nineteen Seventies however the Steelers nonetheless drafted Mark Malone within the first spherical in 1980, three years earlier than Bradshaw retired. He was fast to level out Rodgers solely has one ring.
“I had them coming at me from all angles,” Bradshaw mentioned. “I embraced it. Because when we went to practice, I wasn’t worried about those guys. They didn’t scare me a bit. So I don’t understand why he is so upset at Green Bay.”
Rodgers would think about returning if normal supervisor Brian Gutekunst – who rose by way of the Packers group after starting as a scout – is fired, according to a Yahoo Sports report.
“Are you kidding me?” Bradshaw mentioned. “Really? Aaron, that’s the place that is?
“Here’s what I would do: I wouldn’t budge. Let him gripe. Let him cry. Retire. You are . Go ahead and retire. See you later. I’m really strong about stuff like that. It just makes him look weak. How dare you draft somebody?”
Under contract by way of 2023, Rodgers’ solely actual leverage is the specter of holding out all season and pursuing non-football pursuits.
“Obviously he doesn’t need the money,” Bradshaw mentioned. “Probably he should just retire and go [host] ‘Jeopardy.’ Either he gives in, or Green Bay don’t give in. Move on.”
Bradshaw isn’t positive whether or not Rodgers’ retirement various is an empty menace.
“I flat would call him on it,” Bradshaw mentioned. “I have never hem-hawed about something so much in my life. … He has really put them in a pickle. Green Bay is really in a pickle, and if he retires then that takes care of that.”
Bradshaw had the identical message for Russell Wilson, who let or not it’s identified months in the past that he’s sad with the Seahawks. Wilson has not been traded.
“Shut your mouth and play quarterback,” Bradshaw mentioned. “You’re a blessed man to be making millions that all of us on this Zoom call would give anything to make that in a lifetime of earnings. I have no respect, I have no patience for people that do that.”
Bradshaw thinks it’s not a team-first angle.
“Where does a player have the right to criticize the front office?” Bradshaw mentioned. “When they are in fact the stars of the football [team] and making all this money, they think that empowers them to have a position and a place to say, ‘I want this. I want that.’ Quietly, they know what they need. To have a player make these demands, it drives me nuts.”