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Former Giants wonder if Rodgers can handle New York media

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Aaron Rodgers will be dealing with a much different media market now that he’s a member of the New York Jets, and two NFL legends with extensive The Big Apple experience wonder if the star quarterback will be able to handle it.

Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan, who played for the New York Giants for his entire 15-year career, spoke about Rodgers during an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” that aired Thursday. Strahan was asked if he thinks Rodgers would be a good candidate in New York, and he said he’s skeptical about how the four-time MVP will coexist with the media.

“I don’t know if Aaron Rodgers and the media (will agree),” Strahan said, via Ryan Glasspiegel of the New York Post. “The media here are kind of like guilty until proven guilty. They don’t like you – you gotta make them like you and I think he’s already coming out of the dark retreat, so they’re going to say, ‘ You know, this guy…’”

Strahan said he thought the media would give Rodgers the benefit of the doubt at first, but were always looking for ways to criticize the players. He added that he was interested to see how Rodgers would be treated because the media is “tough” in New York and “cannot be tamed”.

Tiki Barber, one of Strahan’s former Giants teammates, made similar remarks in February. The former Pro Bowl running back said during an appearance on WFAN that Rodgers’ open criticism of NFL reporters could be a sign the quarterback is too “sensitive” for a market difficult media like New York. Barber made the comments following Rodgers blasting ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

“As I read the full quotes from his weekly Pat McAfee appearance, talking about Schefter and Rapoport…it made me start to realize that if he’s so sensitive that he gets upset, people, journalists, opinion makers, influencers – whatever – I want to talk about him, he’s going to fight in New York,” Barber said. “I don’t know if I want him in New York if that’s going to be his reaction to things that don’t matter.”

Rodgers definitely has a chip on his shoulder. It helped him become one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, but Strahan and Barber had some good points.

Rodgers is regularly unhappy with the national media. He will now have to deal with them and with the New York market, which will require a lot of patience.



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