Greg Jennings Talks About Why He Left Green Bay. Again.
By Dan Zinski
Jan 5, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) during the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Greg Jennings hit up ESPN’s dreadful mock-debate show First Take on Wednesday and naturally the conversation turned quickly to his departure from Green Bay. What did Jennings have to say about leaving the Packers for the more purple pastures of Minnesota? Here’s the video:
Two key quotes from the interview. First, Jennings gives a weird reason for why he felt the need to leave Green Bay:
"I’ve been very fortunate. From the moment I stepped into Green Bay, I had one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, Brett Favre. Then, coming right up behind him you’ve got [Aaron Rodgers]. There was no lull, there was no anything and my career continued to elevate and escalate.But when you bring guys in that can flourish, that have a ton of talent in Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Donald Driver. I mean, Jared Boykins who people don’t even know about yet but they soon will. I’m not a selfish guy, and it’s not about me. It’s more about giving guys the opportunity to do what they need to do, but at the same time I’m not trying to not give myself an opportunity. I had to remove myself from that situation to allow those guys to spread their wings."
And the Reggie White line:
"I was blessed, I was very fortunate. At the same time, it was time [to move on]. You just know when it’s time to move on. In the Biblical sense, seven years is the year of completion. The eighth year is for new beginning."
The summary: Greg Jennings left Green Bay because he’s a great guy and wanted the younger guys on the team to have a chance. And because the Bible said so. Got that?
Right. None of it makes any sense. Greg should just go the honest route and admit it was about the money. Would we think less of him?
It really sounds to me like Greg is trying too hard. He’s trying too hard to suck up to Viking fans. And he’s trying too hard to smooth it over with Packer fans.
Why would he bother smoothing it over with Packer fans you ask? Well he saw what happened to Brett Favre. He doesn’t want to wind up coming back after his career to kiss major league ass so the fanbase will re-embrace him. Better to soothe those hurt feelings now.
Are you listening Packer fans? Jennings didn’t leave for the money or because he hates you guys. He left because God told him to and because he didn’t want to stand in the way of Jared Boykins getting his shot.
Okay Greg. Sure. Whatever. Just go catch some slants. We’ve had enough explanation now.
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