It’s not you. It’s not me either. I wanted you back but not so badly that it would affect the Packers’ ability to re-sign Rodgers, Matthews, Raji and Cobb. You wanted to play for the Vikings not because you disliked the Packers or had any Favre-ian grudge. You just wanted to play for the team that paid you the most guaranteed money over the next few years. I understand. If I were so lucky as to be blessed with your talent, I’d have done the same thing. Like the running back on your new team can attest, you are always one football move away from a career threatening injury and you have to do whatever you can to make the most money for your family before you become too old to play football and retire. I get it. I really do. So I wish your family the best of health and a rosy future. I wish you a long injury-free second half of your career. I thank you for the wonderful plays you made for the Packers over the last seven seasons. I will never forget what an integral role you played in the winning streak of 2010-2011. I will not forget how skeptical I was of you when Ted Thompson drafted you in the second round as a direct replacement of one of my favorite Packers – Javon Walker. I will not forget how wrong you made my skepticism look as you developed electric route-running and yards-after-catch skills while developing into an elite wide receiver.
You were the reason I brought the roof down in front of four Broncos fans when you were part of an 80 yard touchdown on the first play of overtime that Monday night in 2007. Thank you for that!
You bailed the offensive line and Rodgers out many times. The most memorable of those was on that Sunday night versus Chicago when you did this at the end of the game. Thank you for that!
You were great in the Superbowl. The catch you made and the throw Rodgers made to extend the lead to 18 points is a play I still cannot process. It is inhuman to be able to make a catch microns away from Troy Polamalu. But you did. Thank you for that!
I am very grateful to you for the 476 catches, 7217 yards at almost 15 yards a catch including 59 touchdowns as a Packer. I know I will miss you next fall as young Randall Cobb, frustrating James Jones and perennially double-covered Jordy try to make up for your absence. Thank you for everything you have done for me and for Packer nation so far.
But you know what? I am not sure I will miss you very much the fall after that or any season beyond 2013. And I am pretty sure you will miss me and millions of Packers fans much sooner than that:). Even though you did the right thing for yourself and for your family, you will miss us when you are lining up for the 53’rd consecutive 3’rd and 10 in front of a faithless home crowd as Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel throw dead ducks at the sideline. You will miss us when you go later in fantasy drafts than the Packers defense does. You will miss us when your advertising portfolio is limited to car dealerships in Duluth. You will miss us when you miss the playoffs three years in a row. You will miss us when you play in this dump for two seasons.
You will miss doing the Lambeau leap. A lot. You will miss Aaron Rodgers. A lot. And at some point you will decide that you want to be remembered as a Packer for life and you will re-sign with the Green and Gold. I will welcome you back then. We all will. There’s probably a Superbowl or two still in this roster and maybe you’ll be back in time for one.
But until then, suck it and Go Pack, Go!
Every Packer fan