Did Jennings Pull Back the Curtain?
by Mike Conklin
August 28, 2013
Fans of the Packers have a very different opinion of Greg Jennings than they did a year ago.
Jennings was once one of the most popular players in Green Bay. Now he is persona non grata.
One of the things that has rubbed many people the wrong way is that they now feel that they never really knew the real Greg Jennings. There are many diehard fans who fully supported him for years, followed him faithfully on Twitter, and even bought his jerseys. Many of these same people now feel like he just played the part of a really good guy in public, but must have been a different person behind closed doors.
Perhaps fans should not have been surprised about Jennings' apparent bitterness that came to light after he left Green Bay. Perhaps there were signs all along.
In January 2012, Jennings was quoted in a story by Lori Nickel in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The story was about Jordy Nelson, and how he still savors life on a farm. Within that article, Jennings had a few quotes that may now take on a different meaning in retrospect:
"This is an environment where everyone is always kind of complaining about everything," said Jennings.
"No one wants to sit in a meeting all day. No one wants to go to practice.
"We all kind of bicker."
To be fair, Jennings was saying these things in the context of explaining how Jordy Nelson is different than most players. We encourage you to read the full article to grasp the full meaning of what Jennings said.
The fact remains that with those comments, Jennings may have pulled back the curtain a bit on what things may have been like from his perspective during his time with the Packers. He spoke openly of complaining and bickering.
At the time the article was published, the general public had no idea that this comment was anything more than the affable Greg Jennings making one of his typical lighthearted comments. Perhaps that is all it really was.
But on the other hand, perhaps on some level it was a glimpse of how Jennings felt about his time with the Packers.
In light of his sister's comments on social media later that year, as well as several things Jennings has said since leaving Green Bay, these words spoken nineteen months ago may offer a different perspective on this much-discussed topic.
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