Aug 26, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) greets the cheers of fans on his first appearance as a Jet against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

While he’s currently a member of the New York Jets, Aaron Rodgers will forever be associated with the Green Bay Packers.

And with his Jets debut coming on Monday Night Football — where he suffered season-ending Achilles injury four snaps into his Jets career — the four-time MVP had some time to check out his former team’s Week 1 win over the Chicago Bears.

Appearing on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday, Rodgers discussed the play of the Packers’ new starter, Jordan Love. And in doing so, the 10-time Pro Bowl selection revealed a text he sent to his former backup taking a swipe at his former rival.

“I didn’t get to see the Falcons game but I saw a good bit of the Bears game and I thought he played excellent. I was really happy for him,” Rodgers said. “Green Bay quarterbacks have long made the fans of Chicago’s days and nights pretty miserable and I’m happy to see him picking up where I left off.

“When they pulled away, I sent him a message because I wanted him to see it when he got back to his phone [that said] ‘congratulations on keeping the ownership in place.’ That was pretty awesome for him.”

Rodgers’ disdain for the Windy City hasn’t been a secret. After scoring a late rushing touchdown to seal a win over the Bears at Soldier Stadium in 2021, cameras caught Rodgers yelling “I’ve owned you all my ******* life. I own you. I still own you. I still own you.”

To Rodgers’ point, he amassed an impressive 24-5 record over Chicago in his 18 seasons playing for Green Bay. Meanwhile, his predecessor, Brett Favre, was 22-10 against the Bears during his time as the Packers’ starting quarterback.

As for Love, the 2020 first-round pick is now off to a 1-0 start in his career against the Bears. He’ll get his next chance to add to his “ownership” of Chicago in Week 18 when the Packers host the Bears at Lambeau Field.

[The Pat McAfee Show]

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