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There’s nothing like a quick, raw interview to get unexpected answers from a celebrity or athlete. On Wednesday, TMZ Sports caught Peyton Manning off guard at Reagan National Airport in Virginia, and that exchange gave us some interesting news.
The longtime Colt turned Super Bowl winning quarterback in Denver doesn’t want Aaron Rodgers to leave Green Bay. Instead, he wants to see a fellow future Hall of Famer work things out with the only team he’s ever played with in the NFL.
“When I think of Aaron, I think of him as a Green Bay Packer,” Manning said, via TMZ Sports. “Hopefully they can get it worked out.”
Oddly enough, many can say the same about Manning as an Indianapolis Colt. Seeing him rock a Broncos uniform was odd at first. But like we’ve all done with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay, we learned to accept it — and it became normal.
Granted, Indianapolis was the one that wanted to move on in that situation, not Manning. After the Tennessee product injured his neck — and after getting the No. 1 pick to select Andrew Luck — the front office made the difficult decision to move on from the then 36-years-old.
The Packers don’t have a quarterback of the same caliber as Luck waiting in the wings, and Rodgers isn’t coming off a concerning injury either. So it’s more understandable why Green Bay doesn’t want to move on.
With the way things are trending though, the Packers may not have a choice. Rodgers seems dead set on getting out of the Green and Yellow. He may even be willing to hang the shoulder pads up permanently to ensure it happens.
Still, fans are hoping Rodgers takes what Manning said on Wednesday to heart. I wouldn’t count on it though.
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