Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers isn’t the only member of his family who has had a notable football career.
Aaron and his brother, Jordan, have each played quarterback at the college and NFL level. The former is an NFL legend and will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame with no problems.
Jordan Rodgers, however, never suited up for the Green Bay Packers, let alone any team in a regular-season game. But the younger Rodgers has been productive in his own right, both during and after his playing career.
Aaron Rodgers is among the greatest quarterbacks ever
The wait was worth it for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers spent his first three seasons backing up Brett Favre from 2005-07. When Favre retired in 2008, then unretired and earned himself a trade to the New York Jets, Rodgers finally took the starting reins.
The Packers’ decision to once invest a first-round pick in Rodgers quickly paid off. Rodgers has been one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in that span and led the Packers to a successful-decade plus, including a Super Bowl victory in February 2011.
Rodgers, who turns 37 on December 2, is still going strong as he nears age 40. Barring a significant injury, don’t be surprised to see Rodgers play another four or five years — and, potentially, win another Super Bowl before he calls it quits.
Jordan Rodgers had a successful college career
Nearly two decades ago, Aaron Rodgers began his college career at Butte College, a junior college in California.
Aaron’s younger brother, Jordan, followed in his footsteps. When Aaron took over the starting job in Green Bay to start the 2008 season, Jordan served as Butte’s backup quarterback.
A year later, Aaron made the playoffs for the first time, and Jordan passed for 2,219 yards and 19 touchdowns. Jordan signed with Vanderbilt in 2010 and redshirted.
As a fourth-year junior, Rodgers completed an even 50% of his passes for 1,524 yards, nine touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2011.
The younger Rodgers finished his college career strong, hitting 59.9% of his passes for 2,539 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 2012.
Jordan signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2013. When he didn’t make the Jaguars, Rodgers spent the 2013 season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad.
Jordan never made it into an NFL game, though. After an attempted shot at playing in the CFL, Jordan Rodgers retired from football in 2015.
The Rodgers brothers have had similar yet divergent paths
Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Rodgers appeared on the same path: Butte College to a higher level to eventually the NFL.
Their paths diverged along the way, though. Aaron is a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is among the greatest quarterbacks in league history.
Jordan, however, is perhaps best known for his TV career. He won season 12 of The Bachelorette and proposed to Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher when the show ended.
Jordan now also works for the SEC Network.