James Franklin Talks With Jim Rome About Aaron Rodgers
Reports suggest Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on the cusp of becoming the highest paid player in NFL history. If so, according to current Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, who spent Rodgers’ rookie season in Green Bay with him, even after the quarterback’s first year in the organization no one really knew what they had on their hands.
“I’m going to tell you this right now and nobody wants to hear this and probably [they will] (Green Bay) get pissed at me,” Franklin told Jim Rome on his radio program. “Nobody after his first year in the program would tell you that he would have turned around, been an MVP, and won the Super Bowl, and done all the wonderful things that he’s done as quickly as he had.”
Franklin said how Rodgers handled being Brett Favre’s backup for 3 seasons was in indicator of what he was about.
“I think that really shows the guy’s character,” said Franklin, adding Rodgers made the most of it. “He was able to kind of sit there and marinate for a couple years and learn and take it all in. And then he stepped in and he was ready.”
The Vandy head coach also gave Rome a scouting report on Aaron’s younger brother, Jordan, the quarterback who led the Commodores to their first 9-win season since 1915.
“I would actually say he’s more athletic than his brother,” said Franklin. “His brother probably has a little bit stronger arm.”
Jordan Rodgers is a current NFL prospect and Franklin seemed confident he has what it takes to make it.
“There’s a place for him,” Franklin said. “He’s going to work at it. He’s going to grind and he’s going to represent the team extremely well.”