C.J.: Greg Jennings going huggy bear on Aaron Rodgers didn't heal rift

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 30, 2013 - 7:00 PM


That lingering embrace Greg Jennings pressed on Aaron Rodgers after the Packers whupped the Vikings for the last time at the Dome Sunday meant nothing to the QB.

Rodgers was on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” Tuesday talking about football and how well the season is going for the Pack when with my boys Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon asked about that hug.

“I’m going to change the topic entirely to go to the hug with Greg Jennings that seemed to last forever and ever and ever,” asked Kornheiser (as Wilbon chuckled). “Was it as awkward for you as it appeared to be on camera?”

Rodgers remarked: “It was a long hug. Prolonged one, yes.”

These comments really broke up Kornheiser and Wilbon.

“It seemed longer with all the cameras around,” said Rodgers. “Two competitors after the game and words were said and then we went our separate ways.”

Indeed they did, but not before Jennings made sure everybody captured the image. Rodgers went to the winning locker room and Jennings, who left the Packers for the Vikings, to the losing locker room.

As you may recall, Jennings, a wide receiver with a roomy mouth, took some pot shots at Rodgers in an effort to prop up the ego of QB Christian Ponder, who went on to get benched. While being verbally chesty talking about how Rodgers likes the spotlight to be on him and not the team, Jennings refused to mention his former Packer QB by name. But Jennings apparently recognized Rodgers after getting thumped 44-31, a score that doesn’t truly underscore the performance gap witnessed on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

Wilbon said that Jennings told Bob Costas that the post-game conversation turned into jabbering that went too far.

“It seems to me 99.9 percent of the time you let these things roll right off your back and they mean nothing,” Wilbon said to Rodgers. “Did this one mean anything at the time?”

Rodgers said: “This one would probably fit in the 99.9 percent you’re talking about. Every now and then one comes along that might mean a little bit something to you; not this one, though.”

Feel the burn yet, Greg?

At least, Rodgers didn’t tell Jennings, You could have been in the penthouse instead of the projects. That was something Rodgers could have said to Jennings at the game, ESPN’s “Numbers Never Lie” co-host Jemele Hill told viewers while predicting a Packers victory.

The moving Jennings-Rodgers hug will be reenacted by Fox 9 meteorologist Keith Marler and yours truly Thursday around 9:45 a.m. on “The Buzz,” while someone sings the lyrics from K.C. & the Sunshine Band’s “Please Don’t Go.”


Rodgers took on the hits

Aaron Rodgers sounded a little like he’d been hit in the head when the “PTI” guys asked the QB his opinion on safety and minimizing the risks of playing in the NFL.

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