In a weird type of way, former star NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson defended quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, and Russell Wilson by arguing that the recent behavior by each player demanding more from their is nothing new.
The three-time Pro Bowler first called out quarterbacks on the “Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin” on ESPN Radio, saying they are “some of the most selfish” players in the league.
“Quarterbacks are some of the most selfish dudes there ever is in the National Football League at a position but you never hear about that because the narrative is set that they’re the leader.”
However, the 48-year-old said this dynamic is nothing new.
“Those aren’t the first individuals to say, whatever, that they’re not happy with certain things it’s just now in the media,” he said. “When quarterbacks ask for contracts, they got them. They were [the] highest-paid dudes on the team. ‘Hey, I need to get paid.’ They never argued with them. They never did anything, they just take care of it.”
Former Green Bay Packers general manager and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf said earlier in the week that he did not live these ‘diva’ quarterbacks.
There is a huge change, and it started with Russell Wilson, then went to (Deshaun) Watson, and now we got (Aaron) Rodgers.
“It appears that today’s quarterbacks want to be more than quarterbacks. They’re hired to play the position quarterback. That’s what they’re being paid for, and that’s what they’re being paid to do. These guys, they want to pick the coach, pick the players. It’s an interesting dilemma.”
Johnson did not agree with that assessment.
“Let’s not all of a sudden act like it’s because the position is now voicing their opinion at that position, unlike other positions in the past. Let’s not act like their divas all of a sudden, they’ve been divas!”
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