Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in Greenville for golf, but he also talked some football as he shared some thoughts on former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and his pro prospects.
Rodgers, an avid golfer who is in town to participate as a celebrity in the Web.com Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am, hasn’t met Watson personally, but has heard glowing reviews.
“I’ve heard a number of great things about him and his personality and the way he carries himself,” Rodgers said of Watson, who was drafted No. 12 overall by the Houston Texans in last month’s NFL Draft.
“He seems like a great young man. He’s obviously very talented, had a fantastic career.”
Rodgers, a former Super Bowl MVP who owns the top touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history, said he was impressed with Watson’s performance in the National Championship Game victory against Alabama in January, and is convinced that Watson is stepping into a highly desirable situation in Houston.
“The key for a young quarterback is his supporting cast, and he’s going to a team that has some really good pieces in place,” Rodgers said. “He’s got one of the top receivers in the game in DeAndre (Hopkins), you have a solid defense with J.J. (Watt) coming back off his injury and the way that (Jadeveon) Clowney played last year. And then you look at the coaching staff. Bill O’Brien is a very well-respected coach in this game.
“He (Watson) is going to be in a good situation. For me, I got to learn three years behind a legend (Brett Favre) and that was great for me, but I think you’re seeing the quarterbacks coming in now a lot more ready to play than I was 13 years ago. He’s really put in himself in a position to play and play effectively.
“My hope for him would be that he gets to come along at his own pace and gets in there when he’s ready and has a great career.”