Buffalo Bills star quarterback Josh Allen and four-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers appear to be developing a close friendship. Earlier this year, the two signal callers were spotted embracing on Pebble Beach.
Then, in March, the pair exchanged pleasantries at Rodgers’ celebrity flag football game. But, when the season begins in September, Rodgers and Allen will be on opposite sides.
Rodgers was traded to the New York Jets this offseason, which means he’ll play in the same division as Allen in 2023: the AFC East.
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Being division haters, Allen still praised Rodgers, saying he’s excited to get the chance to face Rodgers twice this season.
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«I’ve gotten to know Aaron quite a bit over the years, and I would consider us very close,» Allen told Clark in a video posted Wednesday. «I wouldn’t say we text regularly. I don’t really call him. I FaceTime him. He usually answers, which is a big plus. I know he doesn’t answer a lot of people.»
The FaceTime calls became the main topic of conversation with Rodgers’ former team, the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers cited limited cell coverage at his Southern California home in response to Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst’s statement that he tried to contact the quarterback «many times» during the offseason while the quarterback’s future field was at stake.
«You just have to FaceTime him, he’ll answer,» Allen said deadpan.
Allen, the Madden 2024 cover athlete, said he grew up watching Rodgers play.
«I’ve been a huge fan of his since I was a little kid,» said Allen, who is almost 13 years younger than Rodgers. «To have his jerseys and try to emulate what he does on the football field. He’s such a special player. I think he’s the most talented shooter of all time. Facing him twice a year, it’s going to be a battle.»
This season won’t be the first time Allen has faced Rodgers. During Allen’s rookie season, the Bills lost to Rodgers and the Packers.
Last season, Allen the Bills defeated the Packers 27-17 in Buffalo.
Allen admitted that playing in the same division presents a challenge.
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«There are a lot of great quarterbacks in the AFC right now,» Allen told Clark. «These games are going to be dogfights, and it’s not about how you win it, it’s about if you win it. That’s all we’re trying to do, we’re trying to get one more point than our opponent.»
«As a quarterback, I’m not really looking at who’s on the other side of that football. I don’t play them. I play their defense and their defensive coordinator. But there (are) certain things that will influence the decision and decision of the game.» do based on who is there. We don’t want to give them the ball back. We don’t want to give them short fields.»