Greg Jennings – I remember when we used to think you were a classy guy. Why are you now trying so hard to disprove what we believed to be true?
You won a Super Bowl with the Packers and in the resulting Sound/FX video, we hear you agonizing with great emotion over the final plays of the game. In your nervousness, you seemingly can’t stop talking, as the defense proceeded to stop the Steelers and close out the game. It seems like you haven’t stopped talking since.
Perhaps the Super Bowl was the inception of your apparent jealousy of the attention bestowed upon Aaron Rodgers. After all, it was YOU who made the fantastic catch for a TD. It was YOU who scored two TDs in that game. Yet Rodgers got the accolades, Rodgers got the MVP, Rodgers got the car, Rodgers got the trip to Disneyland. And it burned away at you, didn’t it Greg? Think of what your next contract demands could have been with a Super Bowl MVP cred?
Oh well, at least you were “the man” among the receiving corps, right? But then 2011 happened and Jordy Nelson’s breakout year left you second on the team in receptions and yards. Even worse, Nelson became the recipient of most of the deep throws, you biggest source of glory. Damn, that hurt.
And then the fateful 2012 season. the Packers offered you more money than you eventually accepted from the Vikings, but it wasn’t enough. You felt slighted. You kept talking back then about having to move on for the good of your family. You put your house up for sale the week the Packers season was over. You couldn’t wait to get out.
It didn’t help that there was a new kid in town stealing your targets – Randall Cobb. And that James Jones was catching all those TD passes. You missed half the season with injuries, but when you did play, you felt you weren’t being thrown to enough. Rodgers had new favorite receivers, you thought. You never said that, but your sister went on a rant about Rodgers not throwing to you enough. We all know where she got that idea, right? You obviously had expressed those feelings to her.
She also took the time to knock Rodgers a bit, calling him overrated and the Packers “cheap” for not paying you what you wanted. Again, we all know where those comments came from Greg.
So you left for the Vikings, who foolishly threw too many dollars at you. You appeared to make a classy exit, with that full page ad in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. But then you started talking… and talking.
So much so, that your new coach, a smart and classy guy (did I just say that about a Viking?), told you to stop talking about the Packers. You were onboard with that, he said. He obviously doesn’t know you well enough yet. You soon went on to talk some more about Rodgers, offering a fake apology.
Through all of that, I kept my calm. For the most part, I’m a patient and tolerant guy. He’ll surely stop talking now, I would keep saying to myself. I’ll forgive and forget, and just look forward to the Packers-Vikings contests with a little more eagerness.
But yesterday, you did it again. You opened the big mouth that Leslie Frazier had asked you to keep shut. And incredulously, you got even more bizarre, saying you were “brainwashed” by the Packers organization.
For me, that was the final straw, Greg. I can no longer accept anything you say with the semblance of not caring. At this point, the fact you left for the Vikings doesn’t even matter to me any more. I’m just glad you’re gone. My respect for you is gone.
Even Brett Favre, for all his faults and missteps, never trashed his former teammates or the organization, though he arguably could have had a reason to. He’s evidently smarter than you, Greg.
You’ve shown your true colors. Your recent comments are quite different from your words on that farewell ad. You said were blessed to be part of a “wonderful organization.” Remember that, Greg? But then again, they weren’t your words, were they? Some PR guy wrote that.
Your real words and true feelings are what’s spilling out of your mouth right now. Your petty jealousy makes you out to be a whiny little boy, not a man of character. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am to find out you’re not who we thought you were.
Your new act is not pretty, Greg. It’s pretty classless.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.