Aaron Rodgers isn’t the type of man to beat around the bush when asked questions. In fact, he’s a truth-teller.
When he was asked immediately after the Sunday night’s win over the Minnesota Vikings whether he could expound a bit on what his former teammate and now Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings whispered in his ear during their extended man-hug on the field, Rodgers simply said it was between the two men.
And while we’ve spent time around the water cooler the past couple of days wondering what was really said to Rodgers, who appeared irritated and caught in an awkward moment, today he revealed a bit more while giving an interview on ESPN.
Here’s the exchange on Pardon the Interruption:
Tony Kornheiser: “It seemed to last forever and ever and ever. Was it as awkward for you as it appeared to be on camera?”
Aaron Rodgers: “It was a long hug, for sure. It was a prolonged one, yes…. It seemed a little bit longer with all the cameras around. But, you know, it was two competitors after the game, words were said, and then we went our separate ways.”
Michael Wilbon: “It seems to me 99.9 percent of the time you let these [post-game hugs] roll right off your back and they mean nothing. Did this one mean anything at the time?
Rodgers: “This one would probably fit in the 99.9% that you’re talking about. Every now and then one comes along that might mean a little something to you. Not this one.”
We can only pretend to imagine what’s going through Greg Jennings mind at this point. No matter what apologies or platitudes he espoused during his time whispering in Rodgers’ ear, the Packers quarterback wasn’t about to give credence.
In fact, he burned the bride with that comment.
We’re pretty sure that when the Packers play the Vikings at Lambeau Field later this season, the hug between Rodgers and Jennings may be reduced to a simple chest bump … if the two meet meet after the game at all.