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(ESPN)   The only NFL General Manager smart enough to draft A-Aron in the first round has left us too soon   (espn.com) divider line
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2021-01-22 9:47:49 AM  
late sixties?  was he a heavy drinker or smoker?
 
2021-01-22 9:51:02 AM  
I remember when that happened, we use to have a draft BBQ and I swear the talking heads were alluding to some sort of character issues with Rogers, although now they just say no teams needed a QB in the 1st round other than the 49ers.

As a lifelong Bears fan, few things have been as "fun" as watching your biggest rival go from hall of fame QB directly to top 10 all time NFL QB.
 
2021-01-22 9:57:15 AM  

ltdanman44: late sixties?  was he a heavy drinker or smoker?


Autoimmune disease was noted in the Milwaukee paper.
https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports​/​nfl/packers/2021/01/21/green-bay-packe​rs-former-general-manager-ted-thompson​-dies-68/6657178002/

They even say in here they never had a whiff of CTE with him and he never smoked or drank.  Sounds like he was a different kinda cat.
 
2021-01-22 9:58:18 AM  
Alternate Healine:  every other team was dumb enough not to draft Rodgers when they had the chance.  He was a highly rated prospect and I still don't understand why he fell so far.  The talk at the time was that other teams just had more pressing issues than a QB.  It seems silly now in 2021 that the Bears would be satisfied with Grossman and spend their 5th pick on Cedric Benson.
 
2021-01-22 10:10:24 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Alternate Healine:  every other team was dumb enough not to draft Rodgers when they had the chance.  He was a highly rated prospect and I still don't understand why he fell so far.  The talk at the time was that other teams just had more pressing issues than a QB.  It seems silly now in 2021 that the Bears would be satisfied with Grossman and spend their 5th pick on Cedric Benson.


I will raise you Fabian Washington at 23, when the Raiders thought Kerry Collins was a good idea.
 
2021-01-22 10:57:57 AM  

Rapmaster2000: The talk at the time was that other teams just had more pressing issues than a QB.


IIRC, there was a vibe of "We don't trust QBs coming from the system that Rogers was trained in". (quickly checks) Ah, yes, Jeff Tedford, who had a string of highly-touted QBs come into the NFL and promptly be no better than mediocre.

For example, there's this take which has aged (not) so well, written before his first season as starter post-Favre.
 
2021-01-22 10:58:05 AM  
I'd still rather have him than Ryan Pace.
 
2021-01-22 11:03:19 AM  
Packers fans booed and hated the pick.

No matter what they tell you, they probably hated it.

/ummm I didn't hate it though
//recognised that the #1 qb at #24 was probably a good idea
 
2021-01-22 11:04:41 AM  
I don't like the Jordan Love pick though. Subtly different situation.

But damned if that chip on his shoulder didn't make Rodgers better this year
 
2021-01-22 11:23:07 AM  
Damn, and H. Aaron, too?!
Today is starting to suck.
 
2021-01-22 11:23:58 AM  
Sad to hear. :(

/in other news the Steelers signed Dwayne Haskins....
// -_-
///3s
 
2021-01-22 12:00:48 PM  

snoopy2zero: I remember when that happened, we use to have a draft BBQ and I swear the talking heads were alluding to some sort of character issues with Rogers, although now they just say no teams needed a QB in the 1st round other than the 49ers.


IIRC, what negative press existed around Rodgers during that draft year was nothing about him, but because of the "system" he played in at Cal.

Then Cal HC Jim Tedford had developed a long line of good college QBs who flamed out in the pros, plus he instructed his QBs to perform some strange mechanics that Rodgers himself had to retrain out of once he got to GB. If you watch old highlights of Rodgers at Cal, his ball placement when in the pocket before his release was really high (like literally head-level). From day one in the NFL he had to change that.
 
2021-01-22 3:40:42 PM  

Joe_diGriz: Rapmaster2000: The talk at the time was that other teams just had more pressing issues than a QB.

IIRC, there was a vibe of "We don't trust QBs coming from the system that Rogers was trained in". (quickly checks) Ah, yes, Jeff Tedford, who had a string of highly-touted QBs come into the NFL and promptly be no better than mediocre.

For example, there's this take which has aged (not) so well, written before his first season as starter post-Favre.


I had to look that Trulen dude up.  He apparently writes for a website called qbfilmroom.com.  Sounds like a stellar career for a journalist.
 
2021-01-22 3:43:06 PM  
Ted Thompson looked at Jordy Nelson's ass, and said I want a piece of that.

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No Ted Thompson, no Jordy's ass memes on Fark.
 
2021-01-22 3:57:20 PM  
Much respekt from this Bears fan. The Packers have been the better run franchise since the '90s.

/why can't Bears' Svengali Ted Phillips die?
//he's the more deserving Ted
 
2021-01-22 4:47:01 PM  

germ78: Much respekt from this Bears fan. The Packers have been the better run franchise since the '90s.

/why can't Bears' Svengali Ted Phillips die?
//he's the more deserving Ted


Virginia McCaskey took over in 1983 and fired the Honey Bears the first chance she got in early '86.  Enjoy the curse until she finally kicks and the grandkids sell the team!

/At least Bears and Packers fans get along
//Vikings and Packers fans, however...
 
2021-01-22 4:49:41 PM  
certain about of smugness to have back to back hall of fame quarterbacks with 10+ year careers as starters

go pack go
 
2021-01-22 7:31:08 PM  

taliesinwi: /At least Bears and Packers fans get along


It's more a Stockholm syndrome at this point.
 
2021-01-23 12:24:34 AM  

germ78: taliesinwi: /At least Bears and Packers fans get along

It's more a Stockholm syndrome at this point.


Oh, I don't know.  I think there's mutual respect there.  The Bears/Packers rivalry is almost as old as the NFL.  And other than lately, where Rodgers owns you guys, it's been a pretty even match over the years.  I mean I'm old enough to remember the Packers of the 80s... 

Stockholm syndrome would be the Lions.  How many times have they had their heart ripped out?
 
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