GREEN BAY – The Packers hit the practice field one more time on Saturday before a mandatory off day for players leaguewide.
Here are five things we learned:
Rodgers had heard the rumblings on social media that his close friend and mentor might be joining him in Green Bay, but it wasn’t until the rookie receiver got a text from the man himself that Rodgers knew it was a done deal.
Rodgers has viewed Cobb as a “big brother” for almost half his life. As a child, he watched Cobb play at Alcoa (Tenn.) High School and then got to train with him at the University of Kentucky, where Rodgers’ father, Tee Martin, coached Cobb.
The two continued to talk over the years, with Cobb imparting wisdom onto Rodgers after switching from running back to receiver. Fittingly, after Rodgers was drafted in the third round by the Packers in April, Cobb was one of the first to text his congratulations.
“It’s a dream come true, to be honest,” said Rodgers after Saturday’s practice. “I remember being a kid and just being able to work out with him. I thought it was the most amazing thing ever. I thought I was working out with LeBron because he was the best athlete that I’d seen at that moment in our group in Knoxville where he played high school.”
Rodgers said his dad, currently in his first season as a receivers coach with the Baltimore Ravens, was excited to hear the news. So much so Martin posted a picture of the three on his Instagram page, to which Cobb replied: “Family affair.”