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'That Other Guy' on that Other Team Will Miss Aaron Rodgers


He’s more than just “that other guy.”
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Percy Harvin is a really good NFL wide receiver. His game is similar to the Packers’ Randall Cobb. He was a dynamic threat for the Minnesota Vikings as a kick returner, wide receiver, and rusher.  The Vikings traded Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks in March of this year. I’d imagine fans of that other team were pretty disappointed when Harvin departed.

Now fans of that other team will have to watch that other guy field passes from their quarterback Christian Ponder. Note the choice in language, I wrote “field” verses catch. Because something tells me that other guy is going to come to appreciate the ability of the most recent quarterback to help him make his money.

That other guy, referenced NFL and Super Bowl MVP, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as that “other guy” when asked by that other team’s reporter about a comparison between Brett Favre and Rodgers. It’s possible it is a running joke between the former teammates or just poking a little fun. Nonetheless, it looks like the rivalry between the Packers and that other team is about to get ratcheted up a notch.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like that other team keeps taking our castoffs. Much like how the Milwaukee Brewers seem too often pick up the castoffs of the St. Louis Cardinals. So far that hasn’t worked too well for the Brewers or that other team. Think, “why do you even ponder passing?”


That other guy, had some great seasons for the Packers. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection amassing 6,500 yards and 53 touchdowns with Green Bay. Off the field he seemed a good fit in the community, a very positive presence. But in 2012 he seemed to change a bit, publicly. The cheesy Old Spice commercials, rumblings of discontent in number of catches and targets, and then his sister Valyncia got in on the act on Twitter, bashing Aaron Rodgers. He was going diva, and doing so fast.

Ted Thompson has had the difficult and not so glorious job of deciding when it’s time to go for Packer greats. Thus far when the dust had all settled, he has done a pretty good job. I don’t doubt that other guy will put up some numbers for that other team. But his best days are behind him and this is the first time he will not have an MVP quarterback throwing him the ball. Thompson will again have proven to be a good judge of economy.

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That other guy’s seeming disdain for Aaron Rodgers and his former team is good, I like it. Hopefully it serves to motivate the Packers to take their game to a new level. To aspire to dominate that other guy and that other team every chance they get. As for that other guy, I think the old adage, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, will hit home with him.

In addition to blogging about the Green Bay Packers for, Patrick Hughes blogs about gardening at, running and the Portland Trailblazers at Oregon Sports News, and artisans and the connection economy at

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