Aaron Rodgers has officially reported to training camp for the Green Bay Packers, a move that ends a tumultuous 2021 offseason between the two sides. And while it also pushes the issue of Rodgers' future to 2022, the fact remains the Packers will now benefit from having the reigning league MVP on the roster as they try to piece together another special season -- this time potentially ending with a much more positive result. One person who knows both sides of this equation quite well is Mike McCarthy, the current head coach of the Dallas Cowboys having previously led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory with Rodgers at the helm.
It's public knowledge that the split between McCarthy and the Packers (read: Rodgers) following the 2018 season was unpleasant, but when asked about the recent events in Wisconsin, the 57-year-old took the high road. McCarthy is actually pleased to see Rodgers and the Packers reconcile.
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"I think its great for him," said McCarthy from Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California. "I think its great for the club."
Additionally, he hopes this isn't the swan song for Rodgers in Green Bay.
"I'm very hopeful Aaron gets to finish his time up there," McCarthy added. "He's done so many great things in his time up there."
McCarthy took on the role of head coach for the Packers in 2006, one year after Rodgers was drafted with the 24th overall pick. The two went through plenty together, including a toxic divorce from eventual Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre that stemmed from the organization's unwillingness to budge on Rodgers being the future of the franchise in 2008 and beyond. That decision sent shockwaves throughout the NFL, and Favre would go on to spend time with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings before calling it a career, while McCarthy and Rodgers became a strong tandem that helped elevate both to a Lombardi trophy.
Any bad blood between the two seems to be water under the bridge now, and Packers fans have to love hearing that McCarthy hopes their team keeps the band together beyond 2021.