During Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, Jennings’ sister, Valyncia Jennings, ripped Rodgers in a series of Twitter messages, which she has since deleted. Here’s a sample:
“Why was that ball under thrown like that, he was wide open make the throw for the receiver!!! Geeez!!” Valyncia wrote. “My God Aaron Rodgers holds the ball forever! GJ was wide open 5x for that touchdown! Goodness he acts like he doesn’t want to throw to him😡. . . GJ is the only receiver that has to jump in the air with both hands up . . . Aaron Rodgers smh! Had him in the slot wide open no one even covered him! Where is Peyton Manning when u need him! This is utterly pathetic. . . Who can make a play @GregJennings can! He’s the best freakin receiver these clowns got! Now take your talents to south beach & get paid! . . . ARod is the most overrated QB in the league! He is no where near Peyton or Brady! It sickens me, Peyton would avg. 5 TD with this squad!!!”
Rodgers, however, says he takes no offense to that.
“That kind of stuff is never going to come between myself and my teammates,” Rodgers said on ESPN Milwaukee, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “That’s never going to become between Greg and I. We got a great relationship . . . not going to fault Greg or his sister for anything that was said. I mean it was family and emotions. Not a big deal.”
Valyncia doesn’t appear to be a football expert (is she really under the impression that her brother is “the only receiver that has to jump in the air with both hands up” to catch the ball?) so it’s not surprising that Rodgers is easily able to brush off her criticism. And it surely won’t change the way the Packers’ offense plays in Saturday night’s rematch with the Vikings: Jennings caught a season-high eight passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns in Minnesota, so despite what Valyncia might think, the Rodgers-Jennings connection is the least of the Packers’ worries.