Julius Peppers called Aaron Rodgers an all-time great teammate

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Some former teammates of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers have had some tough things to say about him, but one of the greatest players who ever shared a locker room with Rodgers is a big fan.

Julius Peppers, the future Hall of Fame defensive end who announced his retirement last week, mentioned only five former teammates in his lengthy retirement announcement: Mike Rucker, Brian Urlacher, Thomas Davis, Steve Smith and Rodgers.

“Aaron Rodgers, just for being an all-time great player and teammate,” Peppers wrote, “and for making me believe that somehow, a Hail Mary can be a high-percentage throw. I’ve never seen anybody do some of the things you can do, man. I’m glad I had a front seat for some of it.”

Peppers did not mention any of the other quarterbacks he played with during his 17-year career, even though he played with some of those other quarterbacks longer than the three years he played with Rodgers. One of the greatest defensive ends ever had great respect for one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.

55 responses to “Julius Peppers called Aaron Rodgers an all-time great teammate

  1. Many teammates say that Julius Peppers loved and got along with everybody, much like Vince Wilfork. I think this speaks more of Pepper’s magnanimity than of Rodgers.

  2. Two of the guys who ripped Rodgers feuded with him when they were still on the team.

    That doesn’t mean there isn’t some truth there, but you take it with a grain of salt.

    Peppers is a class act and hopefully a first-ballot Hall of Famer. It’s rare for a guy to switch teams a few times and be a beast everywhere he went… Definitely a fun guy to watch over the last 17 years.

  3. Soap opera stuff. Is this why you guys watch football? To pretend to think they are good people? Who cares? I hope he can throw a ball 50yds and rope accurately. You worry about what he is like on his own time, I couldn’t care less.

  4. The fact that the only people that say anything negative are people who haven’t been on the team for 5-10 years should say a lot. Hearing this from a respected veteran is going to bother a lot of people to the west.

  5. BuckyBadger says:
    February 9, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Soap opera stuff. Is this why you guys watch football? To pretend to think they are good people? Who cares? I hope he can throw a ball 50yds and rope accurately. You worry about what he is like on his own time, I couldn’t care less.

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    Leadership matters. If it didn’t, Rodgers might be the one with 6 rings. Statistically, Rodgers is way better than Favre, yet Favre is way more beloved than Rodgers. Why? Leadership.

  6. Brett Favre also played with 2 world class organizations besides the packers , whereas Rodgers has only played for the Green Bay packers!

  7. vikingsvoice says:
    February 9, 2019 at 12:05 pm
    Leadership matters. If it didn’t, Rodgers might be the one with 6 rings. Statistically, Rodgers is way better than Favre, yet Favre is way more beloved than Rodgers. Why? Leadership.
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    Rodgers is probably the best leader the Packers have ever had. Ever. As I said previously, give Rodgers a No. 1 defense like Favre had and he might have those six rings. Vikings had the right idea about defense (too late now though,) and assumed Cousins was the next Rodgers. There’s only on Rodgers. He plays for Green Bay.

    Hey, do you know what the biggest remaining difference is among the NFCN teams? Rodgers.

  8. Haha as if you know whether he’s a good leader or not, just another mindless simpleton who listens to too much sports radio. The only people who doubt his leadership abilities are sports tabloids sheep and biased Minnesota fans.

  9. So his criteria for being a good teammate is completing a high percentage of Hail Marys?
    I’ll believe the opinion of someone on the team last year like Jeff Janis over that opinion AND someone not on the team for a few years.

  10. People are truely over playing what Rodgers ex-team mates said.

    Jennings made an extremely valuable point that literally could have been said about ANY first time head coach… and how discipline he will be with strong willed players.

    KGB just compared Favres’s downtown earth, oh shucks, country boy, child like personally to that of Rodgers reserved, complex, boring adult and high brow personality… but the same comparation could be said about Favre and any high brow personality.

    Neither of those were that bad or that specific in context.

    Finley said Rodgers occasionally ignores a play call he thinks is bad… and said Rodgers is coachable to a point…

    But Finley, as a rookie, has also stupidly tried to coach Rodgers by publicly blaming Rodgers for the prefect pass (while under pressure) that hit Finley directly in the hands and he dropped… saying he told Rodgers he prefers Rodgers to throw jump balls to him instead… which as you can imagine, didn’t go over too well.

    Finley also when talking about Rodgers has seemed to publicly question or been confused about why the receviers had to prove they know their routes, playcalls and audibles in practice to gain trust with Rodgers and the coaches.

    So I’m not even sure Finley understands the basic concepts of putting in a system and getting everyone on the same page.

  11. Brett Favre also played with 2 world class organizations besides the packers , whereas Rodgers has only played for the Green Bay packers!

    Yep!! Atlanta and New York Jets ..

  12. Charles Woodson

    Jordy Nelson

    A.J. Hawk

    Josh Sitton

    Chad Clifton

    James Jones

    Tom Crabtree

    Scott Wells

    John Kuhn

    Matt Flynn

    Brett Goode

    T.J. Lang

    B.J. Raji

    Morgan Burnett….

    Just to name a few of many former teammates of Aaron’s that have nothing but good things to say about Aaron Rodgers as a teammate and as a human being.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  13. stellarperformance says:
    February 9, 2019 at 12:50

    Hey, do you know what the biggest remaining difference is among the NFCN teams? Rodgers.
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    The guy who won 1 divisional game. And please don’t list of the same tired excuses, we’ve heard them all. 1 division win, that is not good.

  14. RMoss84HOF says:
    February 9, 2019 at 3:49 pm
    The guy who won 1 divisional game. And please don’t list of the same tired excuses, we’ve heard them all. 1 division win, that is not good.
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    He’s a still-active SuperBowl-winning MVP. How many of those are there, and how many teams want one? If you follow how the Vikings conduct business one might think guys like that were a dime a dozen.

  15. Stellar- I thought you said you were going to talk about the futures not the past. Yes he won a super bowl a 9 years ago. The last two years nothing other than injuries and excuses and only winning 6 games. Flacco and Foles both won the same amount of Super Bowls and both will be looking for jobs soon.

  16. I am talking about the future. Rodgers is far from washed up and isn’t close to retiring.

  17. stellarperformance says:
    February 9, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Rodgers is probably the best leader the Packers have ever had. Ever. As I said previously, give Rodgers a No. 1 defense like Favre had and he might have those six rings.
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    You have absolutely jumped the shark. This statement is just preposterous. And, to jump from 1 ring to 6? C’mon, Man!!

  18. stellarperformance says:
    February 9, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Hey, do you know what the biggest remaining difference is among the NFCN teams? Rodgers.
    ////////////
    Actually, the biggest difference is 53 players. Rodgers, by himself, got your team 6 wins in 2018. He played every single game, and went 1-7 on the road. If you’re saying that doesn’t make you worried, you’re either lying or in denial.

  19. conormacleod says:
    February 9, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    You have absolutely jumped the shark. This statement is just preposterous. And, to jump from 1 ring to 6? C’mon, Man!!
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    I didn’t speculate on six rings or not, your boy did. All I did was respond to his lunacy.

  20. Rodgers is ready! Despite all his injury setbacks, he still outperformed the “guarantee” in Minnesota over the course of the season. If I’m supposed to be concerned about Rodgers because of negative comments from wishful-thinking haters, well, I’m not.

  21. I’ll believe the opinion of someone on the team last year like Jeff Janis over that opinion AND someone not on the team for a few years.
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    They left the team one year apart. So you’re telling me if the roles were reversed and Janice said something positive and Julius Peppers said something negative you’d believe Janis over peppers?

  22. stellarperformance says:
    February 9, 2019 at 4:22 pm
    Rodgers is ready! Despite all his injury setbacks, he still outperformed the “guarantee” in Minnesota over the course of the season. If I’m supposed to be concerned about Rodgers because of negative comments from wishful-thinking haters, well, I’m not.
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    8 wins > 6 wins.

  23. The people who comment on hear about someone being/not being a leader have no clue… none of you are there in person to see what kind of leadership someone brings to the table. You only know what you perceive from media spin.

    Being beloved by the guys has NOTHING to do with leadership. Beloved = frat boy

    vikingsvoice says:
    February 9, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    BuckyBadger says:
    February 9, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Soap opera stuff. Is this why you guys watch football? To pretend to think they are good people? Who cares? I hope he can throw a ball 50yds and rope accurately. You worry about what he is like on his own time, I couldn’t care less.

    ———————–

    Leadership matters. If it didn’t, Rodgers might be the one with 6 rings. Statistically, Rodgers is way better than Favre, yet Favre is way more beloved than Rodgers. Why? Leadership.

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  24. Peyton Manning used to work with his coaches and then call his own plays. The results were lots of wins (playoffs were a very mixed bag)

    Aaron Rodgers used to feud with his coach and call his own plays. The results were not all that pretty and his coach got fired.

    Last 2 seasons:
    Flacco 13-12
    Rodgers 10-12-1

  25. RMoss84HOF says:
    February 9, 2019 at 4:05 pm
    Stellar- I thought you said you were going to talk about the futures not the past.
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    He says whatever suits him ATM. While he is well known in here for being very repetitive his logic is all over the place over time.

  26. ogpackerfan says:
    February 9, 2019 at 5:11 pm
    I’ll believe the opinion of someone on the team last year like Jeff Janis over that opinion AND someone not on the team for a few years.
    ——
    They left the team one year apart. So you’re telling me if the roles were reversed and Janice said something positive and Julius Peppers said something negative you’d believe Janis over peppers?
    —–
    AND

  27. boomboombrown says:
    February 9, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    Brett Favre also played with 2 world class organizations besides the packers , whereas Rodgers has only played for the Green Bay packers!
    ________________________

    There is nothing wrong with playing with one team your whole career, just ask Larry Fitzgerald, Barry Sanders, Derek Jeter or Tim Duncan

  28. While he is well known in here for being very repetitive his logic is all over the place over time.
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    Surreal to hear that from you of all people…

  29. Haters are gonna hate. Sad commentary of Viking fans is clear on these sites. It wasn’t that long ago Viking fans had nothing but bad things to say about Favre and his personal life but then as soon as they could get him on their team, he miraculously became the greatest human being ever.

  30. I don’t think I’ve seen a subject rile up the trolls as much as Rodgers being far superior to their “guaranteed” Cousins. They want what we have and they want to be us.

  31. stellarperformance says:
    February 10, 2019 at 9:31 am
    They want what we have and they want to be us.
    ————————————

    Ummmm no. Sitting on High School bleachers in the middle of nowhere watching my team try to rebuild a roster around an overpaid declining diva QB isn’t anything I want.

  32. Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 10, 2019 at 11:23 am
    Ummmm no. Sitting on High School bleachers in the middle of nowhere watching my team try to rebuild a roster around an overpaid declining diva QB isn’t anything I want.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Well, be patient. Someday you’ll want more than an occasional victory over the Packers, but patience is a virtue.

    You have that going for you.

  33. Frazier28/7 says:
    February 10, 2019 at 4:56 pm
    damn packer fans are sensitive over their prized diva.
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Not more so than Viking fans…..same guy too!

  34. Others would rather believe guys that haven’t been in the Packers locker room in the last 5-10 years (KGB, Finley)… or a malcontent with an axe to grind (Greg Jennings)

  35. In their last seasons with the Packers, SEASONS mind you, ex-employees Janis and Lewis had two and three receptions respectively. Total.

    Not exactly “fingers on the pulse” players.

  36. “Tells you all you need to know about the Minnesota fan base”

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    Oh, you must mean the ONE loser who spends 60+ hrs a week here obsessing on Green Bay and their fan base using 79 different screen names.

  37. freefromwhatyouare says:
    February 12, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Oh, you must mean the ONE loser who spends 60+ hrs a week here obsessing on Green Bay and their fan base using 79 different screen names.
    ——————————

    Yeah and that one kid always on here filling up the comment section with delusional fantasies and emojis.

  38. Aw stella, that must be hard, Janis was one of your idols you even had you own nickname for him. Alas, he is an ex-packer now.
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    stellarperformance says:
    June 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm
    V12. How can you go wrong with a nickname like that?

  39. stellarperformance says:
    February 20, 2015 at 11:44 am
    McCarthy is subtly reminding Cobb it is a privilege to play for the Packers. Cobb was once where Janus is now…..waiting for his chance. Janus is going to catch a lot of teams off-guard and will surprise a lot of people.

    V12. Remember it.

  40. Well at least 1 player is backing up EErin all be it from the defensive side of the ball probably passed in the hallway and said hi.

  41. Janis had raw athletic talent, as did Corderelle Patterson. You have high hopes for guys like that. But after it becomes evident they haven’t got the smarts, you have to let guys like that go before they become in-house malcontents and start blaming others.

  42. Jeff Janis was never happy with his playing time. He still feels he never got the chance he deserved in Green Bay. Yes, Aaron was hard on him because he wanted to make him better. He wanted Jeff to achieve what Jeff wanted, which was to be a starter. It never happened for Jeff.

    I don’t even think Jeff was trying to speak negatively about Aaron. He was saying “that is the way Aaron is, you can’t change that”(expecting a lot of his WR’s and wanting them to be the best they can be)

    If Jeff didn’t think Aaron gave him enough positive reinforcement along with the hard teaching then ok, that is his feeling then. Many players though have said the exact opposite. Davante Adams, who not only is now a very good friend of Aaron’s, but also credits Aaron with making him better and believe in himself to become star he is today.

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