The quarterback's a cool customer. The observation – however obvious it may seem – hit Aaron Jones on the eve of the Packers' 2023 opener in Chicago earlier this month.
The Pro Bowl running back spent most of the offseason with Jordan Love. He twice flew to California to work out with his new starting quarterback and practiced every day with Love during organized team activities and training camp.
But it wasn't until a recent conversation with Packers assistant quarterbacks coach Connor Lewis that Jones pondered the path Love has traveled the past three years – from prospect to heir apparent to Aaron Rodgers to finally the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.
No matter how intense the pressure, Love was undaunted. He conquered the difficult position of following in the footsteps of a future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback with maturity, professionalism, and patience.
"I'm like, 'This guy is the right guy for this,'" Jones recalls telling Lewis. "He doesn't get rattled. He doesn't get shook. He's always poised."
Lewis agreed, having tried his best to get a rise out of Love in the quarterbacks' room. Nothing worked. It's an evergreen anecdote in the Packers' locker room among the countless examples of teammates failing to fluster the QB who can't be moved.
A world-class arm and prototypical intangibles might have made the 6-foot-4, 219-pound quarterback a first-round pick in 2020, but a calm demeanor and composure in the pocket enabled Love to turn potential into progress. It's earned him the respect of both his teammates and coaches.
Blessed with unflinching confidence in the pocket, Love was once categorized by former Utah State offensive coordinator, David Yost, in this way: "When you watch him, you would think his heart rate is always at about 30. I mean it does not budge – good, bad, or indifferent."
General Manager Brian Gutekunst and his scouts felt the same and chose to trade up four spots to secure Love as the 26th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Love waited three years for his turn, but patience served him well as Rodgers' understudy.
"Whether it was in college and in his time here, through all the ups and downs that he's had, he's maintained a very steady, even-keeled approach," Gutekunst said. "And I think that helps him. His routine helps him get through those games. Hopefully that will serve him as well as we get into this season."
Now, Love is ready to run the show. After registering the NFL's highest passer rating during the first two weeks of the 2023 season, the 24-year-old quarterback leads the Packers into Sunday's home opener against the New Orleans Saints.
"Definitely be a lot of excitement there, just to be in Lambeau," Love said. "A little bit more excitement, just first time being a starter there. So, I'm excited, I'm looking forward to it."