Jordan Rodgers spent his entire junior year on the bench in high school. He had to compete his senior year to get the job.
Jordan then competed again at Vanderbilt to get the job. Rodgers put together one of the finest seasons ever by a Vanderbilt quarterback.
And Also, became the first quarterback in team history to take the Commodores to back-to-back postseason bowl appearances. Started all 12 games, leading the team to a 9-4 record.
Rodgers' season passing totals: 191 completions, 2,539 yards and 15 touchdowns. Rodgers completed 59 percent of his passes, the highest percentage from a Commodores quarterback since Jay Cutler's junior season in 2004.
Undrafted, Rodgers had a chance to sign with the Detroit Lions, putting him in the same conference as big brother, (slightly more famous) Aaron Rodgers. NFC North carries both the Lions and the Packers. Jordan turned down the offer, and instead chose to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The reasoning is as follows -- well, the Jaguars don't have Matthew Stafford on their roster.
Rodgers told Fox News-Wisconsin, "We were focused on those two teams, because of the personnel at that position, but the Jaguars were the best opportunity." He continued to comment, "They will provide me with the better opportunity as a free-agent quarterback. There are only two on the roster (Chad Henne, and Blaine Gabbert) most teams have three or four, it just leaves room for guys like me to get my foot in the door."
Make no mistake Jordan Rodgers will face some steep competition from Matt Scott, a fellow undrafted signal caller who suffered a high-ankle sprain, in Friday's mini-camp.
Jordan has been hampered with injury as well, but the 24-year-old is bound to exit the draft process with a desire to prove the NFL community wrong.
I could use some more time on the odds of Jordan Rodgers making his redemption or failing miserably either way; I think he deserves his moment to prove his talent, just as his big brother Aaron Rodgers -- arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks in history. Will Jordan Rodgers follow suit?