The Green Bay Packers were a little more active in free agency this offseason. And one of their veteran newcomers had some profound words.
By Russell S. Baxter
He may be a newcomer to the organization. But veteran defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois certainly has the right mindset when it comes to the Green Bay Packers and the franchise’s quest for a 14th NFL championship.
All told, Mike McCarthy’s club has reached the playoffs eight straight years. However, the Pack hasn’t been back when it comes to the Super Bowl since 2010. That season, the wild-card Packers finished 10-6 but got hot late and knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arlington, Texas.
That remains the first and only Super appearance for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Of course, he has emerged as one of the top players at his position in NFL history. Obviously, he is often in the discussion when it comes to the top quarterback in the league these days. For some, it’s a hard sell what with New England Patriots legend Tom Brady sporting those five rings of his own.
New Packers’ defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois knows something about getting to the Big Game. Unfortunately, his San Francisco 49ers fell to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. The eight-year pro joined McCarthy’s team this offseason after being cut loose by the Washington Redskins. Meanwhile, the 30-year-old defender seems to have a purpose when it comes to the star quarterback.
“(Rodgers) has been in the league, what, 12, 13 years if I’m not mistaken?” said Jean-Francois to Pete Dougherty of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. “He’s only got one Super Bowl, and we all call him the best quarterback. You see a guy in New England with five of them. If we’re saying (Rodgers) is the best quarterback, let’s put him in position to be the best quarterback by putting multiple rings on his hand.”
Of course, there’s obviously a bit of an interior motive here. A second Super Bowl ring for Aaron Rodgers would mean the first for Ricky Jean-Francois. And both men would be happy to share that experience, especially if both the Green Bay offense and defense finally complement each other’s play.
Russell S. Baxter covers the Green Bay Packers for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Packers news and features? Like our Packers Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_packers on Twitter.