Both wide receiver Greg Jennings and linebacker Desmond Bishop have signed on as free agents with the Minnesota Vikings after starting with the NFC North rival Green Bay Packers a year ago. That might lead one to believe the Vikes are simply bringing aboard secondhand goods previously enjoyed and then discarded by the Pack Attack.
Well, Bishop, for one, does not see himself as a piece of refuse.
That much should be obvious for anyone with a competitive streak. Instead, he sees his upcoming time in Minnesota as a chance to hammer his former teammate and quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, twice a year.
“It was part of the reason,” Bishop told “NFL AM” on Tuesday, via NFL.com. “And if I can get a chance to play against Aaron Rodgers, I think that right there, in itself, is a motivation. You know, you want to play against the best. … When I was playing for Green Bay, the games I cherished … most was playing against the Vikings because I had a chance to play against (running back) Adrian Peterson. … That’s my mindset. I want to play against the best.”
Bishop’s mindset is actually not very unique. It takes an extremely driven person to reach the top one-tenth of one-percent of all football players in order to reach the NFL in the first place, let alone get the chance to start.
What is interesting is his mentioning Rodgers specifically. One might assume Bishop would be apprehensive to “poke the bear” so to speak; Rodgers is one of the game’s elite passers and extra motivation to beat a divisional foe is generally something you don’t want to give him.
Bishop did continue on, giving the franchise props and explaining that he does not harbor any anger toward the Packers for cutting him following a injury-riddled 2012 season. He just wants the opportunity to show them what they are missing.
“It was really just a numbers game, I suppose,” Bishop said. “You know, it’s a lot of uncertainty with me coming back off this injury, and the two guys who played — A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones — they did a really good job. … Brad was up, so they had to make a move with him, and I guess they went with the sure bet … which is understandable from a business standpoint, so I don’t hold nothing against them.”
Rodgers, for one, is hoping Bishop holds plenty against the Pack, should Green Bay dismantles his Vikes next year.