In a surprising turn of events, former Penn State Football quarterback Sean Clifford finds himself inheriting the legendary Aaron Rodgers’ old locker in Green Bay.
The Packers selected Clifford in the fifth round of the highly anticipated 2023 NFL Draft, in a bit of a surprise selection, and there’s a very real chance the former Nittany Lions standout emerges as Jordan Love’s primary backup, immediately.
“Obviously, I understand who was in here before and I respect everything about that,” Clifford told reporters. “At the same time, I came in and I found my name on the plate, and I sat down. I’m doing whatever it takes to win games here. I’m very appreciative of the opportunity.
“Green Bay has a guy who’s going to come in and give them their all, and I can promise that. I’m just trying to create my own legacy now and continue to get better.”
While Clifford acknowledges the weight of the footsteps he’s following, he remains determined to carve out his own path and leave his mark on the franchise.
As the fifth-round pick, Clifford faces the challenge of proving himself on the NFL stage. Known for his strong arm, athleticism, and leadership skills, he showed great potential during his time at Penn State.
Prior to being chosen No. 149 overall in the 2023 draft, Clifford completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 10,661 yards with 86 touchdowns to 31 interceptions during four seasons as a starter in Happy Valley.
“It’s to bring the intelligence that this kid has and just being a really good fit I think, both in that room and then in our locker room, too,” Packers director of football operations Milt Hendrickson told reporters, via ESPN, on the decision to draft Clifford.
“Because the kid’s got some gamer to him which we really like and his personality when he’s here really came through. And I just think he’s going to be a really good fit, the person as much as he is a player, too.”
Clifford could have his work cut out for him to leave his mark on the Packers’ organization, but there is certainly a twist of irony to him walking into a locker formerly occupied by one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever wear the green and gold.