Randall Cobb says staying in Green Bay was about rings

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Boy, the Packers are as good at keeping their own guys as they are at journalism.

Not only were they able to convince wide receiver Randall Cobb to leave money on the table to re-sign for four years, they were somehow, someway, through efforts both intrepid and cunning, able to get him to sit down for an EXCLUSIVE interview with his employer’s website.

Of course, we’ll just link to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette‘s version, since he sifted out the good stuff already (and because we can be passive-aggressive that way too).

“I want championships,” Cobb said. “At the end of the day, I want to win championships. I feel like being in this offense and this organization was the best place for me to have the opportunity for me to win championships. That’s my goal day-in and day-out to get those rings. I’m going to do everything in my power to help this team get to that position.”

Taking $40 million over four years isn’t exactly taking on a vow of poverty to help others, but if he wanted to chase every nickel he could have done so in other places.

Instead, he joined fellow wideout Jordy Nelson in signing a long-term deal, giving them the opportunity to catch many passes from Aaron Rodgers.

“They weren’t trying to sell me to come back,” Cobb said. “I know what I have here. I know what I have in Aaron as a quarterback, as a friend. I know what I have in Jordy as a receiver and as a friend. The way that we balance each other out and help each other in different cases. Just being able to have those guys to lean on and being able to talk to them in different situations has been a blessing.”

So is being able to finagle an interview with a co-worker. Oh no, wait; that’s what they call a meeting.

99 responses to “Randall Cobb says staying in Green Bay was about rings

  1. I am not a Seahawks fan, but if he wanted rings, he would have looked into signing with Seattle. They should be looking for a receiver and have a great defense and a very good quarterback.

  2. It reminds me of interviewing Kim Jong Un on North Korean state television.

    The Cheeseheads will eat this nonsense up, right before and after bowing to their Aaron Rodgers fatheads required to be stuck inside every trailer in Wisconsin.

  3. Smart guy, and he’s exactly right.

    How many wide receivers out there would kill to be in the position that Randall Cobb is in? Catching passes from the best QB in football, on a team that’s in the playoffs every year and contending for the Super Bowl most years.

    Cobb is a playmaker, and I for one am glad he’s back in Green Bay (and also a bit relieved he didn’t sign with the Minnesota Vikings).

  4. Nothing wrong with interviews on team websites, plus comments there show up immediately and always show up.

  5. The overrated packers last best chance for a super bowl ring went away with the great choke in Seattle. In the end, he will regret not banking more cash.

  6. Fake French Accent says: Mar 9, 2015 7:29 PM

    It reminds me of interviewing Kim Jong Un on North Korean state television.

    The Cheeseheads will eat this nonsense up, right before and after bowing to their Aaron Rodgers fatheads required to be stuck inside every trailer in Wisconsin.
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    While the Packers brass are able to convince their young stars to take less money than they’d get on the open market…..

    …..The Vikings’ GM and coach are reduced to flying to Texas to beg a child-abuser to take $12.75 million to come back to the team. And they can’t even succeed at that.

    It’s easy to see why you are so upset.

  7. With an interview like that you know he is a true professional with class….oh yeah and Green Bay Packer. #classact

    minnesoooota players want out of that god forsaken s***hole.

  8. Cobb is right. He left a couple of million on the table in order to play with a contender year in and year out. Get ready for another NFC North Championship Packer fans. It is at this time we would like to thank the rest of the North for sucking so much. We already had the shirts made for the next four years.

  9. As a Patriots fan I say he sounded like a Patriot. Got something special there in GB. Look forward to playing the Packers in the SB. To fans of other teams, excluding Seattle, this sounds arrogant, I know. But Packer and Seahawks fans know better what I mean. Mad respect for those two teams. Every bit the equal of the Patriots. Well, super close anyway. Not enough difference to be an issue. Either way, it will be another great SB next year. All you can ask for is the chance.

  10. alshonbrandontandem says:

    Mar 9, 2015 7:59 PM
    40 mil in Green Bay must be like 120 mil in the rest of the country. What do you do up there?
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    I don’t know, maybe invest your money and raise your family in a city with low crime and good schools where your commute to work is less than 15 minutes.

    Randall Cobb isn’t the kind of person who needs the nightlife or to go to strip clubs “to make it rain”. Obviously he’s happy living in Green Bay. He’ll have the opportunity for another big contract when he’s 28 with a pretty good resume and hopefully some rings.

  11. fartweasel says:
    Mar 9, 2015 7:41 PM
    The overrated packers last best chance for a super bowl ring went away with the great choke in Seattle. In the end, he will regret not banking more cash.

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    I don’t think he’ll cry too much about $10 mill/season

  12. I`m not complaining because i`ve seen some good times lately but how nice it must be to go from farve to rodgers. that’s how you get guys like this to sign.

  13. If he wanted to win championships, he’d understand that having nearly half your salary cap invested in 4 guys out of 53 ain’t gonna do it.

    I don’t really buy that he left money on the table either. $10m/yr. for a slot receiver of Cobb’s stature is a full price offer.

    Sure, the Raiders may have offered more with incentives, but at the end of the day that’s not really more.

    Cobb took the best offer given to him. The rest is PR BS.

  14. Packer fan 1 week ago: Cobb is good not great. Not worth 8 to 9 million a year. Good luck in Oakland or Minnesota. We’ve already got your replacement.
    Packer fan 3 days ago after Cobb signs 10 million a year average contract: He’s just such an amazing talent and I am so glad that we kept him. lol packer fan…

  15. contra74 says:
    Mar 9, 2015 8:06 PM

    If he wanted rings then he chose…poorly.
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    An interesting thought, albeit with little merit. The Packers won a title in 2010, have made the playoffs the last 6 years in a row, and made the NFC Championship Game last year. As you may know, you have to make the playoffs first in order to be able to have a chance at the Super Bowl, something that many teams are unable to do, and some have never even won one. Even after making it there several times! You may even be a fan of one of those teams.

  16. I will take a slot receiver as good as Cobb at $10 million a year over a Greg Jennings averaging $9 million a year! Which team does not have a clue how to spend their money? Green Bay does not need any advice. They are doing just fine!

  17. cheeseisfattening says:
    Mar 9, 2015 8:22 PM
    I kind of feel sorry for Randall Cobb. This guy is going to get so fat eating all those deep fried onion rings.

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    This might be the funniest comment I have ever, ever seen by the brilliant minds of the Vikings’ highly intelligent fan bas….. Uh, never mind.

  18. 19+ mil tied up to two WR’s. Good luck fixing that pathetic defense.
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    After the Packers released Hawk, the team had somewhere between 31 and 33 million dollars under the salary cap. We have one of the best front offices in the league. The Green Bay Defense is fine. It was ranked 15th overall, 13th in scoring.

  19. aballinhighgrass says:
    Mar 9, 2015 8:13 PM
    As a Patriots fan I say he sounded like a Patriot. Got something special there in GB. Look forward to playing the Packers in the SB. To fans of other teams, excluding Seattle, this sounds arrogant, I know. But Packer and Seahawks fans know better what I mean. Mad respect for those two teams. Every bit the equal of the Patriots. Well, super close anyway. Not enough difference to be an issue. Either way, it will be another great SB next year. All you can ask for is the chance.
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    I know you’re trying to be nice and all, but I think you’re inflating your team’s sense of worth a little by claiming they’re even close to the Packers’ level. You’ve had a great decade and half–really accomplished, no doubt–but you’ll need to wait for your team to win another 9 championships, add a few dozen more hall of famers, have the Superbowl Trophy named after your famed head coach, and create the best (consistently ranked) game day experience before your team will be “every bit the equal of the Packers”.

  20. Ha..Ha! This will stand as a highly lucrative contract until Cordarrelle Patterson’s rookie deal is up. NOT!

  21. 2014 Defense:
    Pt.s per game allowed, Minnesota 21.4, Green Bay 21.8
    Total pt.s allowed: Minnesota 343, Green Bay 348
    Yards per game allowed: Minnesota 344.7, Green Bay 346.4

    Defense in playoffs: Minnesota 0, Green Bay 1

    So I guess a “good luck” is in order for the Viking’s horrible defense as well!

  22. Lets see……

    biggest choke job in NFL history……check
    almost half the salary cap going to 4 players…….check
    coach who can’t handle all duties……….check
    defense that resembles swiss cheese……check
    only beat 3 teams with winning records……….check

    Yup, Cobb sure wants those rings……but who will propose first? Rodgers or Fabio?

  23. Most players would gladly take less to play in a real American city like Green Bay, not some third world dump like Minneapolis or Detroit. To have a shot at a championship sweetens the deal.

  24. Cobb, staying in green gay was about choking. And Packers are still dreaming of playing in super bowl against patriots as of now. Lol!!!

  25. I come here just for the comments, the Viking fan’s jealousy drips thru with every weak argument they throw out there. But I especially love it when they take Ted Thompson to task for his handling of his GM duties.

    I will grant you this much, Thompson is very unpaid since he is essentially responsible for drafting for two rosters, the Packers and if the player doesn’t work out there, the Vikings.

    Oh, and he’s won a Superbowl, something a Viking GM has never done. Not once!

  26. Q: What is the only receiving tandem in NFL history to each catch 90 passes, gain 1200 yards and catch 12 TD’s in the same season.

    A: Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb for the 2014 Green Bay Packers.

  27. Something about Teddy Train leaving the sta… oh nevermind. Would be nice to have my Vike’s players want to stay in town to win a ring….

  28. Can’t blame him for staying, though as a Viking fan, I was hoping he’did leave. Randall “Tex” Cobb is a man of uncommon valor.

  29. Jealously is a very serious disease in today’s society. When someone bashes or says negative things about people or in this case a better football team then theirs, it’s out of frustration. Those poor people who follow teams that always lose never have anything positive to say proves that they are infected with jealousy. The only cure is to stop cheering for your looser team and become a Packer fan. Fans from other successful teams respect other winning teams no jealousy.

  30. But Green Bay hasn’t won a ring since ’08. They haven’t even made it to the Super Bowl since then. So I honestly don’t see where Cobb is coming from.

  31. Most players would gladly take less to play in a real American city like Green Bay, not some third world dump like Minneapolis or Detroit. To have a shot at a championship sweetens the deal…

    The Janesville Press declined to mention that Minnesota is ranked higher by 22 spots on the most desirable places to live…And Green Bay is not a preferred destinations for free agents, in fact it is bottom 5..

  32. Q: What is the only receiving tandem in NFL history to each catch 90 passes, gain 1200 yards and catch 12 TD’s in the same season.

    A: Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb for the 2014 Green Bay Packers…………………………………………………………….

    How did they do when Flynn was the QB?

  33. “He’ll have to get in line behind the purple express…”

    Lol that anyone thinks the bottom feeding Vikings will be doing anything but watching other teams in the playoffs again this year is hilarious

    One of the 2 worst franchises in the league along with pathetic Washington and until both those teams change ownership the don’t gave a snowball’s chance in hell of being successful

    It must be really sad to be a Vikings fan, the only thing you ever have to look forwards to is making lame jokes about teams better than yours is.

  34. rosstuckershair says:
    Mar 9, 2015 9:52 PM

    Q: What is the only receiving tandem in NFL history to each catch 90 passes, gain 1200 yards and catch 12 TD’s in the same season.

    A: Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb for the 2014 Green Bay Packers…………………………………………………………….

    How did they do when Flynn was the QB?
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    They would probably do the same as any tandem would when the starting QB goes down. That’s kind of the crazy thing about good QB’s. They produce well, they get paid a lot of money, and they are in high demand. That’s probably why there is such huge drop-off between starters and back-ups. Nutty, isn’t it?

  35. The ‘Bad’ Green Bay defense is a fallacy layman only use when they have nothing to say about a team superior to them. Minnesota had a far worse Run defense than the packers, but the packers were two 13 or better in every other defensive stat.

    13th in points allowed, 10th in pass yards, 9th in sacks, 7th in interceptions, 4th in defensive touchdowns.

    The packers need to clean up a run defense… other than that; they’re set in all phases of their team with almost 24 million in cap room. Tell me again what manner of bull crap you vikings fans are talking or is it just that you don’t check your facts?

    And no ones worried about Seattle, they still gotta pay they QB soon. Sit back watch that team implode… and that’s even admitting I got a lot of respect for them. But Wilson won’t be on a rookie contract forever and he has a ring… he’s gonna make Rodgers money; heck maybe more.

  36. The more the Packers win, and the more the Vikings lose, the more nonsensical the comments get from the Minnesota faithful. By this time next year they’ll be “typing in tongues.”

  37. Great Caesar’s Ghost says:
    Mar 9, 2015 9:22 PM

    Most players would gladly take less to play in a real American city like Green Bay, not some third world dump like Minneapolis or Detroit. To have a shot at a championship sweetens the deal.
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    Not a Viking fan, but I would hardly call Minneapolis a 3rd world dump. There’s a lot to do there. I spend a lot of time there and there’s a plenty to see and eat.. Green Bay doesn’t have much to offer outside of Lambeau Field, and they should just build a wall around Detroit. I’ve spent many seasons at Soldier Field, but Lambeau is my favorite place to watch a game.

  38. Cobb isn’t a slot WR he is a 2… but when they go to 3 WO set they like to motion him to the slot in attempts to get him matched up vs. a LB

  39. Patsfan112……you need to do some research on Super Bowls! I would think a Pats fan would know better about Super Bowl history. But you probably are blocking out ’08 cause your club lost to Eli that year!

  40. Lets see……

    biggest choke job in NFL history……check
    almost half the salary cap going to 4 players…….check
    coach who can’t handle all duties……….check
    defense that resembles swiss cheese……check
    only beat 3 teams with winning records……….check

    Yup, Cobb sure wants those rings……but who will propose first? Rodgers or Fabio?
    ______________________
    THE TRUTH

    Missed the playoffs – – – check
    Courting a child abuser – – check
    beat one team with a winning record – – -check
    teams record that you actually beat- – -28-66
    fan base that is totally delusional – – – check

  41. The best part about the Viking fanboys whining “Oh yeah? Well if Rodgers wasn’t your quarterback, blah blah blah wah wah wah….” is the fact that Rodgers IS our quarterback and will be for several more years; while the Vikings are “led” by Teddy Turnover.

  42. @ firestarter,

    “How many wide receivers out there would kill to be in the position that Randall Cobb is in? Catching passes from the best QB in football”.

    Rodgers IS arguably the best QB in football, however it takes more than the best QB to win it all. It also takes a defense that can stop the run. It doesn’t matter how many passes Cobb catches from Rodgers if you can’t win a game you had no business losing.

    When your offense is gifted with 5 turnovers, you have a 16-0 halftime lead, and you STILL can’t win the game, there is a serious problem. I don’t care how good your QB and WR’s are, it was the Seattle D that deserved all that credit, not Rodgers or Cobb.

  43. A stretch? Vegas has Green Bay and Seattle tied with the best NFC odds to win next year’s Superbowl at 7-1/2 to 1.

    They have the Vikings at 65 to 1.

    Not that Vegas knows everything, but they’ve made all those billions by being right a whole lot more than they are wrong.

  44. @ The Almighty Cabbage says:

    “The best part about the Viking fanboys whining “Oh yeah? Well if Rodgers wasn’t your quarterback, blah blah blah wah wah wah….” is the fact that Rodgers IS our quarterback and will be for several more years; while the Vikings are “led” by Teddy Turnover”.

    Not a Viking fan, but “Teddy Turnover” was a rookie last season. That is what rookie QB’s do – they turn the ball over. Rodgers had the luxury of sitting behind Favre to learn the game for 3 seasons.

    It is obvious you are a Viking hater (and understandably so being a Packers fan), but Favre has one of the best TD to INT ratios in the game. You may as well compare a Bentley to a Kia. It isn’t a fair nor a justifiable comparison. Just saying……

  45. The best part about the Viking fanboys whining “Oh yeah? Well if Rodgers wasn’t your quarterback, blah blah blah wah wah wah….” is the fact that Rodgers IS our quarterback and will be for several more years; while the Vikings are “led” by Teddy Turnover……………………………

    Rodger is quickly getting the rap just like Manning…all statistics and belly up when it counts

  46. A stretch? Vegas has Green Bay and Seattle tied with the best NFC odds to win next year’s Superbowl at 7-1/2 to 1………

    The 2016 Super Bowl Packer victory party will held June 2015 at Lambeau

  47. leatherface2012 says:
    Mar 9, 2015 7:53 PM
    packer fans are mad that gb is paying anything for any player, because then their stock will underperform and be removed from the dow jones
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    You’re misinformed, as many of your cohorts are similarly. You see, the “stock” is a souvenir. It cost about the same as an “official” NFL jersey reading “Peterson,” or “Moss,” which are also fake.

    Our souvenir purchase helped build the finest pro football experience in the NFL. The difference between our souvenir purchase and the souvenir purchase of a Peterson jersey is; one can hang on the wall proudly for 100 years, and the jersey can be recycled as fish wrap.

    Now do you get it?

  48. @ firestarter,

    “How many wide receivers out there would kill to be in the position that Randall Cobb is in? Catching passes from the best QB in football”.

    Rodgers IS arguably the best QB in football, however it takes more than the best QB to win it all. It also takes a defense that can stop the run. It doesn’t matter how many passes Cobb catches from Rodgers if you can’t win a game you had no business losing.

    When your offense is gifted with 5 turnovers, you have a 16-0 halftime lead, and you STILL can’t win the game, there is a serious problem. I don’t care how good your QB and WR’s are, it was the Seattle D that deserved all that credit, not Rodgers or Cobb………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Another non Viking fan that sees through the overrated Packer team. The Green Bay Packers should change their name to the Green Bay Rodgers. as that is what they are…

  49. Our souvenir purchase helped build the finest pro football experience in the NFL. The difference between our souvenir purchase and the souvenir purchase of a Peterson jersey is; one can hang on the wall proudly for 100 years, and the jersey can be recycled as fish wrap.

    Now do you get it?………………………

    Trust me…Why would anyone other than Packer fans really care?

  50. jsrdc says:
    Mar 9, 2015 10:16 PM
    When your offense is gifted with 5 turnovers, you have a 16-0 halftime lead, and you STILL can’t win the game, there is a serious problem. I don’t care how good your QB and WR’s are, it was the Seattle D that deserved all that credit, not Rodgers or Cobb.
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    Gifted? Hardly. They earned every one of them. Seattle D gets credit? Uh uh. The timid play calling of the Packer coaches sunk the Bismarck. As you likely feel the best team lost in the SuperBowl, the Packers feel the same way about the NFCC game.

    Hey…..stuff happens, as you well know. But the Packers are better than Seattle… As you also know. But you gotta win it…. I get it.

  51. The Minnesota Vikings: 0-54

    SkoLOL!

    The Green Bay Rodgers 15-44

    15 points in 44 seconds..

    Wouldn’t Terrance Knighton look great in Green and Gold?

  52. @ stellarperformance,

    “Gifted? Hardly. They earned every one of them. Seattle D gets credit? Uh uh. The timid play calling of the Packer coaches sunk the Bismarck. As you likely feel the best team lost in the Super Bowl, the Packers feel the same way about the NFCC game.
    Hey…..stuff happens, as you well know. But the Packers are better than Seattle… As you also know. But you gotta win it…. I get it.”

    I strongly disagree that the turnovers weren’t gifted – please. Russell Wilson was handing out picks like they were Halloween candy that game.

    The play calling WAS timid on the part of GB, but it sure is easy to second-guess it if it doesn’t work. Regardless, the SEA D held strong, and it worked out for them. Speaking of timid play calling, had SEA not been timid with Lynch at the end of the game, things are likely different as of today. Like you said, you gotta win it.

    Again, the Packers were up 16-0 on the road at half. SEA never should have been in that game. But Lynch ran wild in the second half, and when you average 6.3 yards a carry in the playoffs, the opposing D-line is getting whooped.

    You can call it what you will as a GB fan, but I am not a fan of either team in GB or SEA. The Packers are NOT better than SEA if they didn’t get past them (like you said you get it), and NE is better than both SEA and GB with the current SB trophy residing in their case. But I digress.

  53. Ironic that you should pan others’ writing skills and ability to link to sites that do the actual work…

    Do the Packers give out “Also Played” Rings? That’s the only thing I can figure he must be referring to.

  54. whatjusthapped says:Mar 9, 2015 9:31 PM

    I come here just for the comments, the Viking fan’s jealousy drips thru with every weak argument they throw out there. But I especially love it when they take Ted Thompson to task for his handling of his GM duties.

    I will grant you this much, Thompson is very unpaid since he is essentially responsible for drafting for two rosters, the Packers and if the player doesn’t work out there, the Vikings.

    Oh, and he’s won a Superbowl, something a Viking GM has never done. Not once!
    ________________________________
    This “Ted Thompson drafts for 2 teams” bit seems to be a new one this year. Packer fans seem to think that they are so good, that in fact, their GM drafts for 2 teams, because the Vikings acquired a few of their ex-players. The 4 notable players I can think of are Favre, Longwell, Sharper and Jennings, to which the Packers only drafted Sharper (who later won with Saints) and Jennings. This is the NFL ladies, players move around to different teams (granted GB has the best retention of their draftees). Get over it. You could make the same argument Minnesota drafts for 2 teams (Seattle) and Seattle has had more recent success than GB. So, Slick Rick is a better GM by this logic.

  55. Viking tears taste delicious!….

    Why would the Vikings cry, last time I checked a Packer fan was putting his chair though the TV on YouTube when Kearse caught the pass..

  56. The only rings he’ll get is ‘Ring around the collar.’ Go ‘Hawks, go Pats!

  57. RINGS? Does GreenBay have a time machine to transport him back to 1934 when the team was actually relevant? MONEY That’s why you stayed. No one else would pay a Tier 2 slot receiver that kind of money. LMAO –

    FYI – Cowboys won that game, they got robbed.

  58. FYI – Cowboys won that game, they got robbed.

    Packers would of won anyway. Even if it had been ruled a TD the Packers would of got the ball back with 3.5 minutes and needed only a FG to win, which they would of done. Dallas hadn’t stopped them at all in the 4th quarter and couldn’t stop them to get the ball back after the bad call.

  59. patsfan112 says:
    Mar 9, 2015 9:51 PM
    But Green Bay hasn’t won a ring since ’08. They haven’t even made it to the Super Bowl since then. So I honestly don’t see where Cobb is coming from.

    The Packers won Super Bowl XLV on Feb 6 2011, IDK where you get 2008 from.

    The Packers have as good a chance as any team to win the Superbowl next year and the next few years to come. If you think otherwise you’re delusional.

  60. It doesn’t matter. We won’t win another Super Bowl as long as McCarthy is the head coach.

    The Packers are wasting not 1, but 2 Hall of Fame quarterbacks. 23 seasons with said QBs, and a grand total of 2 Super Bowl wins to show for it. The last team to have consecutive HOF quarterbacks like this was the 49ers of the 80s and 90s. They won 5 Super Bowls, and it only took them 14 years to do it.

    The final straw with Dom Capers should have been 2 years ago at the latest. In the time that he has been in Green Bay, our defense has allowed one of the greatest passing performances in playoff history, one of the greatest rushing performances in playoff history, one of the greatest combinations of passing and rushing in playoff history, and one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history. Capers can’t manage all the young talent Ted Thompson gives him, and McCarthy doesn’t have the balls to win in the playoffs.

    Rodgers is getting older by the year, and at some point, there will be no “next year” for him. What a waste it will be if Favre and Rodgers have a combined 2 rings when it is all said and done. Fire McCarthy and Capers!!!!

  61. It’s a lot harder to win multiple Super Bowls and stay at the height of competitiveness in the salary cap era (starting in 1994), which makes what the Patriots have done all the more impressive. It certainly didn’t hurt Montana and Young that they were throwing to the all-time greatest receiver and career NFL touchdown leader, Jerry Rice.

    Winning Super Bowls isn’t easy. There are several Hall-of-Fame QB’s that come to mind who haven’t won one- and there are several bad QB’s who have one (Dilfer, Griese, Hostetler, Rypien, Williams) It’s silly to say that the Packers are wasting Rodgers or Favre, or any team is wasting a good QB. There is skill as well as luck involved in winning a Super Bowl, and everything needs to come together at the right time.

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