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Jermichael Finley: “I just don’t see a work ethic in Aaron Rodgers that I have in previous years.”

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 13: NFL player Jermichael Finley walks the red carpet at the Captain Morgan White Rum and MLB.com All-Star Bash at Epic Entertainment on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Captain Morgan)
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Jermichael Finley had some criticism toward his former teammate, Aaron Rodgers. The former Packers tight end voiced his concerns on a late episode of Keyshawn, JWill & Max at ESPN. Aaron Rodgers earned a fair share of criticism after a poor showing last Sunday. Finley spoke quite critically of him in response.

“It’s the National Football League. Each offseason you’ve got to work like it’s your last season. And, I just don’t see a work ethic in Aaron Rodgers that I have in previous years. Actually, you can see it right through his helmet. The eyes and the face tells everything as a personality. And, I just don’t see that NFL hunger and just the hunger to go win another championship.”

Jermichael Finley

These words from Jermichael Finley relate to how Aaron Rodgers handled himself this past offseason. The three-time MVP requested a trade from Green Bay months ago and spent much of his time away from football activities. Instead, Rodgers embarked on other endeavors, like guest hosting a few episodes of Jeopardy, for example.

While all good and fun, Finley’s argument pertains to the lack of commitment to the game, as shown by those activities and the early struggles thus far. He might have a point there. After all, Rodgers himself did admit that he contemplated retirement at one point.

Nevertheless, one thing that puts concerns like these to rest is winning. On Monday night, the Packers will have extended time between games as they prepare for a divisional matchup with the Detroit Lions. A win ought to calm the storm on a slow start to their season.

Jermichael Finley on the Green Bay Packers

Jermichael Finley only played in six NFL seasons. The former tight end showed much potential in his time but sustained injuries throughout. Despite this, he did help the team win their most recent championship at Super Bowl XLV (45). On top of that, Finley, alongside Aaron Rodgers, played a prominent role in the Packers’ 15-1 campaign during the 2011 NFL season, the best of his career.

Since his retirement in 2015, he has occasionally come out to speak on his former team. Though often critical, Finley insists that it all comes from a good place. From his perspective, he aims to push the players on the team to do their best.

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