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Report: Aaron Rodgers had axe to grind with ex-Packers coach Mike McCarthy from the start

That's one heckuva grudge.

Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy had been staples in Green Bay Packer country for a decade and a half before McCarthy was fired late last season. 

Now, about four months since McCarthy was axed, Bleacher Report has come out with a tell-all column about the ongoing grudge Rodgers apparently had against McCarthy since 2006. 

Rodgers, at the time was Brett Favre's backup quarterback and McCarthy was in his first year as Packers head coach, having been hired after being the 49ers' offensive coordinator in 2005. 

Why the hate? Because McCarthy was part of San Francisco's coaching staff that picked quarterback Alex Smith No. 1 overall in 2005. 

"No, Rodgers would not forget that McCarthy had helped perpetuate his four-and-a-half-hour wait in the NFL draft green room the year prior. His nationally televised embarrassment. McCarthy, then the 49ers offensive coordinator, chose Alex Smith No. 1 overall. Not Rodgers.

No, Rodgers would not take it as a funny accident."

Ex-Packers running back Ryan Grant confirmed the Bleacher Report column, as did another unidentified ex-teammate of Rodgers, who said it was a "large cancer in the locker room."

The column goes on to say that Rodgers thought McCarthy had the lowest football IQ of any coach he'd ever had. 

Former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, who hasn't been shy about calling Rodgers a selfish player in the past, says he could tell in 2013 when he was with the Vikings that Packers receives were afraid to simply say hello to him out of fear Rodgers would become angry. 

Before then, Jennings said Rodgers once scolded him for talking to Brett Favre after Favre signed with the Vikings in 2009. 

The entire article – and it's a long one – is extremely interesting and definitely worth your time. Read in full right here

For more on the never-ending Rodgers drama, feel free to check out any of these stories: 

– Ex-Packer LeRoy Butler rips Aaron Rodgers

Jordan Rodgers rips brother Aaron Rodgers.

Ex-Packers teammates are ripping Aaron Rodgers again

Packers fire coach who called out Aaron Rodgers on Twitter

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