Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed gratitude and appreciation for the decorated careers of former Packers guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang. Both retired this offseason.
Sitton and Lang developed into the NFL’s premier guard duo in front of Rodgers during the early part of the decade.
“I’m proud to say I got to play and be protected by these two warriors TJ Lang and Josh Sitton,” Rodgers wrote. “No one had more fun, or made even the longest days more fun, than these two. Great teammates, great players and great men. Enjoy retirement my friends, thanks for always taking care of me!”
For the first nine seasons of Rodgers’ starting career in Green Bay, he had either Sitton or Lang starting along the Packers offensive line.
Both were tough and reliable. Both made Pro Bowls in Green Bay and both made Pro Bowls after leaving Green Bay.
Sitton, a fourth-round pick in 2008, played in 121 games and made 112 starts for the Packers between 2008 and 2015. He played two seasons with the Chicago Bears and one final season in Miami.
Lang, a fourth-round pick a year later, played 119 games and made 94 starts for the Packers between 2009 and 2016. He played his final two seasons in Detroit.
Sitton started at guard during the Packers’ Super Bowl win in 2010. Sitton and Lang were both starters during Rodgers’ MVP seasons in 2011 and 2014. Between 2011 and 2015, Sitton and Lang started all but four of the Packers’ regular season games.
Two former Green Bay Packers, TJ Lang and Josh Sitton recently announced their retirement from the NFL. And when Aaron Rodgers heard the news, he had to say a proper goodbye to them.
Rodgers went to Instagram and shared of photo of Lang and Sitton sitting together. Rodgers relied on both players to protect him over the years so he wanted to show his appreciation with this message.
“I’m proud to say I got to play and be protected by these two warriors TJ Lang and Josh Sitton,” Rodgers said on Instagram. “No one had more fun, or made even the longest days more fun, than these two. Great teammates, great players and great men. Enjoy retirement my friends, thanks for always taking care of me!”
Linebacker Julius Peppers, fullback John Kuhn, receiver Jordy Nelson and guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton all decided to depart the game over the last two months.
Cody Whitehair has been as steady as they come for the Bears. He played left tackle collegiately at Kansas State before the Bears planned on using him at left guard his rookie season. Josh Sitton suddenly became available and that forced Whitehair into the center position. Since then, Whitehair has started every game for the Bears.
He has been used primarily at center with a couple of starts sprinkled in at a guard position because of injuries to others. He went to the Pro Bowl this offseason as a replacement player and stands to be a key part of Chicago’s offense for the foreseeable future.
On Thursday, four-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton announced during an interview on ESPN Wisconsin that he is retiring.
A fourth-round pick of the Packers in 2008, Sitton played in 121 games over the next eight seasons. He began as the team’s starting right guard, then stepped in at left guard after a few years, and was a Pro Bowl at both spots.
Sitton spent 2016-17 with the rival Chicago Bears, then signed with the Miami Dolphins last year. He started the season opener but missed the rest of the season with a torn rotator cuff.