Jordan Love has patiently waited for his moment. It has been three years since the Green Bay Packers traded up to select him in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Having backed up Aaron Rodgers, Love had a front-row seat to back-to-back MVP seasons. Following Rodgers' trade to the New York Jets, Love's moment to step into the starting role has finally come.
Speaking to reporters as the Packers' QB1 for the first time, Love said that he has spoken to Rodgers since the trade.
"Yeah, we talked after the trade," Love said. "He wished me the best and [is] always there for me if I need anything, if I have any questions or anything," said Love.
"I'm always just grateful to be around him, for the time I had with him, to be able to learn."
Although no player wants to sit on the bench for three seasons, it may have been exactly what Love needed. Coming out of college, Love had talent but needed time. He wasn't ready to start in 2020. Had he been drafted elsewhere and rushed into a starting job, it may have been too soon.
Not only did Love have time in Green Bay, he got to watch a future Hall-of-Famer in the same way Rodgers spent three seasons learning from Brett Favre.
Jordan Love learned a lot from Aaron Rodgers as Packers backup QB
Spending three years behind Favre helped Rodgers. He learned a lot from the Hall-of-Famer and was able to use that to improve his own game. The hope is that Love will benefit from the time he spent with Rodgers, helping him prepare for his opportunity as the QB1.
"I was just able to watch a great quarterback. How he works every day, how he handles business in the locker room, interacts with teammates," said Love.
That's huge. He got to see what it means to be QB1 in Green Bay from one of the best to ever do it. As a teammate, a leader, and also a legendary player, Love will have learned so much from Rodgers.
"Just being able to sit back as a quarterback and observe him. Observe his footwork, how the ball comes out of his hands, how he practices every day and then takes that into the game," added Love.
Expectations shouldn't be for Love to become the next Aaron Rodgers. In the same way Aaron Rodgers wasn't the next Brett Favre.
He needs to be Jordan Love and play to his strengths.
Love will lead a young offense with a new-look receiving corps. The wide receiver depth chart is filled with draft picks from the past two years. They can grow together.
While Love only has one career start, he has three years of NFL experience and has learned from an all-time great. And, as Love says, Rodgers is only ever a call (or FaceTime) away.