Jordan Rodgers, an undrafted quarterback who begins his bid to make it in the NFL at the Jaguars’ rookie minicamp on Friday, comes from a competitive family. And he still plays basketball with his famous older brother.
“I’m a lot more athletic and he cheap-shots a lot,” Rodgers said. "His thing is to post me up, bang the ball down, throw a couple of elbows and put it in the bucket. There’s no ref out there so that’s how it goes.”
Jordan Rodgers might be more athletic than his brother, but he still has a long way to go to match him as a quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers is the Green Bay Packers quarterback who recently became one of the highest-paid players in the NFL and owns a Super Bowl ring.
Jordan, who played at Vanderbilt, was frustrated he wasn’t drafted last month, but knew how to deal with it.
He was in the green room in New York back in 2005 when his brother fell to the Packers with the 24th pick after being touted as one of the top prospects of the draft.
“That was a tough day for him,’’ Jordan recalled. “He handled it with as much composure and humility that he’s handled a lot of the adversity of his career. It was really a moment when people saw his character. Looking back on it, it’s the best thing that ever happened to him. He landed in a great situation.”
Jordan and Aaron both played high school football in Chico, Calif. Neither was offered a Division I-A opportunity so they both went the junior college route.
Aaron eventually went to the University of California, Jordan to Vanderbilt.
Jordan also lacked size when he came out of high school. He stood 5-foot-8 and weighted only 160 pounds before he had a growth spurt in college. He’s now 6-1, 212.
Jordan finished his college career on a high note last year, leading Vanderbilt to a 9-4 season and a ranking in the Top 25 for the first time since 1948. He completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 2,539 yards, threw 15 touchdown passes and just five interceptions.
Jordan doesn’t have the arm his brother does but believes it’s good enough to make it in the NFL.
“A lot of quarterbacks don’t have that kind of arm and are successful,” he said. “I think I have a sufficient and strong enough arm to play in this league.”
The scouts weren’t convinced. Rodgers wasn’t even invited to the postseason all-star games or the scouting combine, which he used as a motivational tool.