Green Bay Packers fans – do you know how lucky you really have it?


Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
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It’s April Fool’s Day and the only jokes being played on fans across the National Football League don’t involve fans of the Green Bay Packers.

That’s because those jokes involve the guys who play the most important position on the team – quarterback. There’s no joke with the Packers – they have the best player in the league, bar none, and the team’s going to reward him for it – very soon.

Tony Romo
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Have you seen what’s going on around the league lately? You’ve got quarterbacks changing teams faster than an Aaron Rodgers laser to Randall Cobb; you’ve got teams signing quarterbacks for way more than they’re worth (Tony Romo) – and former quarterbacks calling them on it (Donovan McNabb); and you’ve got injured quarterbacks healing and seeking solace from the President of the United States (RGIII).

We’ve seen former Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn hightailing it out of Seattle after sitting on the bench for a season and landing in Oakland; you’ve got a soon-to-be former Raiders quarterback (Carson Palmer) with his bags packed and waiting to go to Arizona; you’ve got former Arizona Cardinals and former Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb headed to Buffalo to fight it out for a job with Tarvaris Jackson (remember him?); and of course we’ve got the stories about Tony Romo signing a long-term extension with the Cowboys for millions too much, Donovan McNabb complaining about it, and all that topped by Robert Griffin III being invited to the White House.

Matt Flynn
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So much drama – very little impact when it comes to winning games on the gridiron.

Compare that with what’s going on in Green Bay. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has done it right once again. He is about to become the richest man in the National Football League and you haven’t heard one word from him about it. Those close to the situation are saying that the deal could be announced literally at any moment with the latest information indicating the sides were only $2 million apart in their negotiations. That’s minimal when you consider the millions upon millions of dollars that will make up those final numbers.

Brett Favre

Yes, we’re spoiled when it comes to quarterbacks – at least we have been for the past two decades. With Brett Favre hanging on for 16 years as a Packers quarterback and Rodgers following up those years of longevity with his own run the past 5-plus years, there are some young Packers fans who know nothing but success from that position. Of course, they don’t remember the Jerry Tagges, the Randy Whites, the Anthony Dilwegs, the John Hadls and the Carlos Browns.

Count you blessings, Packers fans, because when Rodgers signs that multi-year extension we will continue on for many more years (God forbidding any injuries) with a quarterback who has Hall of Fame written all over him.

And when you watch all these other teams struggle with finding a franchise quarterback, understand it’s clearly not an easy thing to do.

Just feel good about not having to worry about having a Tarvaris Jackson as your quarterback.

You’ve got it pretty lucky these days, folks …


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