Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed admiration for coach Mike Tomlin days before beating his Steelers squad 27-17.

“I’m a big Mike Tomlin fan. I have been for a long time,” he told Pat McAfee’s podcast. “I like the way that he speaks about his team. I like the way he goes about his business. I like his confidence. I’ve heard nothing but good things from guys that have played there. I like Mike Tomlin.”

Rodgers’ comments prompted speculation that he would potentially be interested in playing for the Steelers. The three-time MVP had publicly voiced his frustrations with Green Bay’s front office throughout the off-season, raising doubts over whether Rodgers would even play for the organization this year.

Rodgers, who makes weekly appearances on The Pat McAfee Show, reiterated his respect for Tomlin while dismissing rumors of him angling for a trade to the Steelers.

“I’m just speaking the truth,” Rodgers said. “Ask me a question about Mike Tomlin, I’m going to tell you how I feel about Mike Tomlin. If you want to take that and run with it and say I’m angling for some sort of next team or something, I’m not. I’m just answering a question about my respect for Mike and what he’s accomplished in the league.”

“I have a ton of respect for Mike,” he said. “I think he’s a fantastic coach. I love the way that he leads. I love that way that he talks after the games. He always seems to keep things really even keel. Looks like he’s somebody that players love playing for.”


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