Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings took out a full-page ad, entitled "a bittersweet farewell," in Wednesday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to thank Packers fans in the wake of signing a contract with the rival Minnesota Vikings last week.
In the ad, Jennings thanked his "Packers nation" for making Green Bay his home for the past seven years but said the "business side of this great game has brought about change" before ending his letter with a Bible passage in which he references the "will of God in Christ Jesus."
"It has been 7 years since I was first blessed with the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful organization and community. I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for opening your arms and hearts to my family and me, and for making Green Bay an easy place to love and call home."
Last week Jennings signed a five-year deal with the Vikings for $47.5 million. At the introductory news conference, Jennings joked that he is "not the first Packers player to jump on this side," a reference to former Packers safety Darren Sharper, kicker Ryan Longwell and, most notably, quarterback Brett Favre. Jennings said he had sought the advice of Favre about leaving the Packers for the Vikings because he knew Farvre would "shoot it straight." Jennings, 29, leaves the Packers with a number of spots on the franchise's statistical leader boards. He is seventh all-time in catches with 425, seventh all-time in receiving yards with 6,537 and fifth all-time in touchdown catches with 53. Last season was marred by injuries for Jennings, allowing him to play in just 10 games for the Packers, including two in the playoffs, because of a torn lower abdominal muscle.