For Packers, Nothing Lasts Forever

A day after we learned the shocking news that retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, along with several others including his 13-year old daughter, tragically died in a helicopter crash, it seems we're all still reflecting.

Whenever one of the legends of a sport passes away, we're reminded that nothing lasts forever and to cherish what we have.  Aaron Rodgers took to Instagram to remember Kobe and used the image above in his post.

As a part-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, Rodgers had chances to meet and talk with Kobe.  Two legends standing together always seems to make a good photograph, a good snapshot of a rare moment in time.

In moments like these, we stop looking at Kobe Bryant the former basketball player, Aaron Rodgers the Packers quarterback and realize they are sons, brothers, a father and more than what they do on their respective battlefields.

We also have to remember that what we have today won't always be there.  It will either go away, change, move on or die.  In the tragedy of the passing of everyone in yesterday's accident, those of us left behind get the important reminder to stop and reflect a bit.

It also puts into perspective how we treat every situation differently.  Overseas and sadly, here in the U.S., some of our military men and women are losing their lives trying to fight for and protect our freedoms.  Some are quick to point out that we don't celebrate them but we spend an entire day preempting TV programming over a celebrity death. 

It's all about perspective and we all have our own at times like this.  I don't mention our lost military heroes to incite anger and debate, but rather to create that perspective.  My hope is that we don't spend the time arguing over who deserves more notoriety but that we realize that with every person's passing, someone else loses a loved one.

It seems very trivial to talk about Packers football right now but this is, after all, what you came here for.  On the same day that we learned the tragic news above, the NFL Pro Bowl took place and it was also the 23rd anniversary of the 1996 Packers' Super Bowl victory.

The Pro Bowl has been hard to watch for years and it's hardly worth dedicating an entire afternoon watching anymore.  Za'Darius Smith and Davante Adams both represented the Packers, Adams grabbing a touchdown and Smith with an interception to go along with a caused fumble.  The game, however, took a far backseat to our own shock and reflection.

As we celebrate the 2019 Packers season, we have to remember that 2020 isn't guaranteed to be as successful or memorable.  Some players won't be back and eventually our stars like Rodgers and Adams won't be in green & gold on Sunday's.  As cliche as it is, it's true: nothing lasts forever.

Not much else to add but share your thoughts and stories below.

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Jason is a freelance writer on staff since 2012 and also co-hosts Cheesehead TV Live, Pulse of the Pack and Pack A Day podcasts.  You can follow him on Twitter here

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Lphill's picture

January 27, 2020 at 10:46 am

All loses of life are tragic when something like this happens , not just celebrities RIP.

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January 27, 2020 at 11:05 am

It also made me think of all the young soldiers, fire fighter, and policemen whose lives were ended protecting those of us who have continued to live happy lives. It's a shame that not everyone has the opportunity to live a full life and experience all the unique aspects of doing so.

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wildbill's picture

January 27, 2020 at 01:27 pm

Was tragic but still no word about the other lives lost. Guess they weren’t tragic, which is the real tragedy

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January 27, 2020 at 05:04 pm

Jesus is the answer.

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January 27, 2020 at 06:49 pm

I'll take Famous December Birthdays for $500, Alex.

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