Jordan Love has exactly what he wanted.
Coming out of Utah State, the gifted and interception-prone quarterback hoped to face great expectations, to be given an opportunity to become a fixture in the NFL for years to come. As two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers’ eventual successor, Love will face more pressure than most young quarterbacks ever experience.
“No matter where I would have landed, that was the goal for me,” Love told NFL Network. “You gotta go out there, prove yourself and make a name for yourself. It’s a job, you gotta be able to keep that. For me, just trying to learn the offense and prove myself.”
Love, who was introduced to much of the nation when Green Bay traded up to take him with the 26th overall pick in the NFL Draft, steps into virtually the same situation Rodgers did 15 years ago, waiting to replace Brett Favre. Rodgers, who led the Packers to the NFC Championship game last season, was surprised by the selection, but seems intent on treating the rookie better than he was when his career began.
“I learned a lot over those years working with Brett, things that I can bring to the relationship with Jordan and just bring the mindset I went through as a young 21-, 22-, 23-year-old, playing with my idol as a teammate,” Rodgers said this week. “I’ll definitely take those lessons with me. Like I said before, I’ve always had great relationships with my backups and always loved helping those guys out in any way. The more questions they have, the more answers I have. I’ve truly embraced those relationships, and it’ll be the same with Jordan.”
Even if Love invites it, he didn’t ask for this type of pressure.
“He didn’t get asked to be drafted by the Packers,” Rodgers said. “There’s nothing… He’s not to blame at all. He’s just coming in excited about his opportunity. We had a great conversation the day after the draft. I’m excited to work with him. He seems like a really good kid with a good head on his shoulders and a similar story.”
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