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Sean Clifford Fills Aaron Rodgers’ Former Locker With Green Bay Packers

What does former Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford have in common with a Super Bowl champion, four-time NFL MVP honoree, and 10-time Pro Bowler?

Evidently, it’s more than you’d think. 

Just five days after landing with the Green Bay Packers as the No. 149 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, Clifford arrived at his new squad’s facility as the third signal caller on the roster behind Jordan Love and Danny Etling. Less than 24 hours later, Clifford inherited Aaron Rodgers’ former locker, a spot Rodgers inhabited for the entirety of his 18-year tenure in Green Bay. 

Following Rodgers’ highly-publicized departure from Green Bay, the Packers’ front office ultimately decided to snag Clifford’s services as its fifth-round draft choice. While most analysts pegged Clifford to wind up as an undrafted free agent, the four-year starter for the Nittany Lions fell as the No. 11 gunslinger off the board. 

Although former first-round talent Jordan Love will likely take over Rodgers’ role as the Packers’ starter under center, Clifford is poised to compete with Etling for second-team reps. Conversely, Rodgers is prepped to settle in as the New York Jets’ go-to quarterback entering his 19th NFL campaign. 

Rodgers took over as Green Bay’s full-time starter in 2008 after Brett Favre’s 15-year stint came to a close, leading to an eerily similar offseason signing with the Jets. If history serves as any indication, Clifford’s recent trend of good fortune in Wisconsin could potentially lead to him earning early snaps in the big leagues.

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Connor Krause

Connor Krause is a junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania double majoring in journalism and business. He is a lifelong Penn State football and basketball fan and enjoys rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. In his free time, Connor can be found playing golf or pick-up basketball. You can follow his Twitter and Instagram @ckrause_31.

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