Aside from his recent contract demands, Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of the classiest professional athletes of our generation. The man sat through a humiliating first round of the 2005 NFL Draft with the poise of a 10-year veteran and received what then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue called a “good thing” — an heir to the thrown in Green Bay.
Seven years and four chapters of the Brett Favre drama saga later, Rodgers is an MVP and a Super Bowl champ, but you’ll never believe what he wants now. He took to the radio waves this week to say it’s time for a healing process to begin between the Packers and Favre and that he hopes the No. 4 jersey is retired by the team before the gunslinger is inducted into the Hall of Fame. Now if that ain’t a class act, I don’t know what is. Of course, a ring to match Favre’s certainly helps, but Rodgers is proving that not all pro athletes are drama queens.
When you consider Favre played for the Minnesota Vikings just to get back at the Packers (and he did by beating them twice in 2009), the forgiving process is a hard one to begin. However, when one player went through as much with one team as Favre did with the Packers, it’s inevitable that they put their differences aside for history’s sake. And with a guy like Rodgers spurring that process along, it’s bound to happen sooner rather than later.
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