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Jordan Love shares message he received from Aaron Rodgers ahead of Packers training camp: ‘Be yourself’

Jordan Love is being handed a difficult task in his first season as the Packers’ starting quarterback.

The fourth-year pro is on track to be just the team’s third Week 1 starter since 1993. He will be replacing Aaron Rodgers, who famously took over for Hall of Famer Brett Favre and established his own winning legacy in Green Bay.

Now, Love is being asked to do the same. The Packers brass has expressed confidence in the 2020 first-round pick’s skill set, and Love is looking forward to the opportunity to prove himself.

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He also is happy to know that Rodgers is still in his corner. Love told reporters that his former teammate — who’s now with the Jets — sent him a message ahead of his first training camp practice as the Packers’ top signal-caller.

“Aaron reached out to me last night and that’s exactly what he said,” Love said Wednesday, via Matt Schneidman of The Athletic. “He said, ‘Just be yourself, have fun, enjoy it.’ It’s obviously my time now, and he just said, you know, ‘Be yourself.’ I mean, that’s all you can do.”

Love acknowledged that the message from Rodgers meant a lot to him. He also said that he has heard a similar echo from his teammates and staff ahead of the 2023 season.

“That’s kind of been the message from everybody,” Love said. “Be yourself. Don’t try to be anybody else. Don’t try to be Aaron. Things like that. Just be yourself and that’s kinda what I’m trying to do.”

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While the Packers want Love to let his personality shine through, they certainly won’t complain if he does end up emulating Rodgers. The 38-year-old won four NFL MVP awards in Green Bay and led the Packers to a win over the Steelers in Super Bowl 45.

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Love is 0-1 as an NFL starter. He has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 602 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in limited action over three seasons. But the Utah State product was a first-round pick for a reason: he boasts the physical talent and arm strength to be a difference-maker at quarterback.

Love will need time to develop on the field, so perhaps the best-case scenario may be him replicating Rodgers’ first season as the Packers’ starter in 2008. That year, Green Bay went 6-10 while Rodgers completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 4,038 yards, 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

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