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So Long Jarrett Bush, You Sweet Prince

Jarrett Bush

The final nail has been pounded into the coffin.

Inside lies former Green Bay Packers cornerback and special teams maven Jarrett Bush. The hammer, wielded by none other than the heavy hand of Ted Thompson.

The Packers opened their rookie orientation camp today and those rookies needed some numbers to wear. No. 24 is now the jersey number of rookie second-round pick Quintin Rollins, who also happens to be a cornerback.

The Packers showed no interest in bringing Bush back when he became a free agent after the season, so we suspected it would come to this. Now we know.

Jarrett Bush’s career as a Green Bay Packer is over.

Why are we romanticizing a career backup?

That’s easy.

We love Jarrett Bush, primarily because we used to hate Jarrett Bush.

When Bush came into the league, he was awful. We eviscerated him more than once in this very space. We called for his head. We denounced his ability.

Yet, somehow he stayed around. Like a fucking cockroach.

He remained a liability in coverage and mistake-prone on special teams. Bush was a truly maddening individual.

Until he wasn’t.

Sometime around 2010, Bush got good. Not great. Not starting-caliber. But Bush became a Pro Bowl-caliber special teams player and a serviceable backup cornerback.

In 2011, he had his best season, with 30 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions. His biggest play of that season was picking off Ben Roethlisberger in the Super Bowl.

By most accounts, Bush achieved what he did through no other means than working harder than everyone else.

And that, we appreciate.

That, is why we love Jerry Bush.

And it’s a sad day knowing he will no longer be a member of the Green Bay Packers.

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Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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19 Comments

  1. Dave May 8, 2015

    Dear Dopey the Dick,
    I just read your bio (really not impressive) and I have to say, you fit the mold of a Green Bay Packers fan perfectly! You like beer and whisky. What Packers fan doesn’t like to drink his sorrows away because he or she knows their life has been a waste and because they live in a cow pasture. It also says that you enjoy women. I would imagine that it is difficult for you to find any women that don’t look like beached whales in Green Bay. The only woman that doesn’t look like a beached whale in GB is Olivia Munn, who is taken by you lord savior AR and who you have publicly trashed before.

    Warm regards,
    Dave the Lions Fan

  2. Tequila May 8, 2015

    Dave the Lions fan,

    You fit the mold of a Lions fan perfectly: spending all your time on Packers blogs to prevent suicide as a result of nothing football related to live for. we appreciate you taking time out of your day from picking your syphilitic sores and pretending Detriot or even the amazing state of Michigan is even remotely relevant. So enjoy your malt liquor and your tattered Barry Sanders jersey but the closest thing to being a champion you will ever have is this blog comment and maybe meeting a women with all her teeth in the department of social services line.

    Fuck you,
    Tequila

    1. Dave May 8, 2015

      Tequila,

      Oh how you are so wrong. I spend about 15-20 minutes every few days on this site because I find it hilarious to see you Packers fans get all heated and angry about my comments. Although I don’t live in Detroit, we can all agree that it is more relevant and known than the empty fields of grass and cow shit that is Green Bay. I don’t drink, but I will be sure to send you some malt liquor so you and your fat and ugly buddies can reminisce on your high school days, which were without a doubt the best years of your life considering that you don’t seem like the kind of person with a good job or a family that loves him in the least. And I will enjoy my vintage Barry Sanders jersey which I have signed and framed on the wall in my man cave, right next to the signed Calvin Johnson jersey, signed Chauncey Billups jersey, signed Miguel Cabrera jersey, and well, you get the sense. About being a champion, starting shortstop for three straight state champion teams in Nevada and former starting shortstop for Ole Miss. And I can assure you that my girlfriend not only has all of her teeth, but is more beautiful than any woman you have ever seen and makes more money than you do. I will now end this post never to respond to you again (because I feel like your stupidity is infectious) with something that I think you would say.

      Eat shit you fucking scumbag,
      Dave the Lions Fan

      1. Wait… the Lions have fans? When did this happen?

      2. ferris May 11, 2015

        He actually went to the I’m a former athlete, starting shortstop in High School reference. Peaked in High School Rob Lowe, sad as ever. It’s OK Dave don’t break up with that woman whoever she is beautiful or not, because you’ll never get laid again using High School sports stories.

  3. TPS May 8, 2015

    Oh Look. A Lions fan.

  4. stubbyduck May 8, 2015

    It must really suck to be a Lions fan. To have to resort to trolling Packer forums because the lowly Lions have no forums. Which brings me to the Lions Super Bowl Trophies. Which like forums, there are none of. So lets talk just a Super Bowl appearance.. None there either. O well, the Lions do hold the distinction of being the only NFL team (and I use that term loosely) to go 0-16 in the regular season. What a proud franchise to call your own!!!!!!
    Go Pack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. MP May 8, 2015

    McCarthy said in his press conference today that JB could still come back and would get 24 if he returns. It was premature to give his number away. So wtf is that? Just BS?

  6. Phatgzus May 8, 2015

    He picked Bergerboy in the 2010 season, not ’11-it was quit ea nice one too.

  7. ay hombre May 8, 2015

    I always enjoy Bob McGinn telling stories on their podcast about Jarrett Bush. McGinn loves Bush and the guy DOES work harder than everyone else…if you believe everyone else that is.

    Anyway, McGinn loved to needle Bush…

    McGinn: How many times you run the stairs after practice today?
    Bush: Four.
    McGinn: Only four? And how many were after you were the only one still out there running?
    Bush: I’d say two. Maybe two and a half.
    McGinn: You’re slacking Jarrett! You’re slacking!

    Not retaining Bush makes little sense from my perspective. It certainly can’t be about money since he makes little of it. Gotta be something. Like DuJuan Harris getting let go, Big Ted must have his reasons.

  8. Kreg May 8, 2015

    I never thought I would agree with anything Monty had to say. But alas, I Love me some Jarrett Bush. His attitude thru all of our slanderings has been awesome. Rarely got the credit he deserved.
    I wish you well, Mr. Bush.

    1. BZ in BA May 8, 2015

      Nicely said.

  9. Shawn Neuser May 8, 2015

    It is pretty amazing to see the love Jarrett Bush gets considering how much that guy was hated circa 2007 and how much abuse TT took over keeping this guy around.

    Everyone seems to have long forgotten that if Bush had managed to jump on a muffed punt in the 2007 NFC Championship Game, the Favre INT in OT probably would never have happened.

    Anyway, yes, Bush earned his spot through hard work and dedication, and he made a big play in the Super Bowl to help earn himself a ring. So, props to him.

    1. Ay Hombre May 8, 2015

      Yeah that’s right! He tried to pick it up and run with it.

    2. ay hombre May 9, 2015

      And the even more horrific thing about that play is that you can’t advance a muff anyway, so the only thing to do is fall on the ball. Just another situationally unaware special teams play out of the Packers. Eight years later we replace one of McCarthy’s inept friends (Slocum) with another one (Zook).

      MM better hope another one of his blatant acts of cronyism pays off.

  10. jimbo May 8, 2015

    Sorry hard to justify keeping a guy that isn’t isn’t even a solid back up

  11. rebelgb May 9, 2015

    Haha this article is so on the mark! I too hated me some Jarret Bush. Fucking HATED that guy, and I hate noone. But the last 5 years he has been a special teams God and I loved watching him chump roll fools on opposing teams who were obviously not that into playing ST’s.

    Good luck to you Mr. Bush!!

  12. elafave May 10, 2015

    Damn. Yeah. Jerret was my LEAST favorite Packer in HISTORY until about 2009. I used to keep my eye on him when I was at a game because my buddy pointed out to me that Jay-Bee was a trip to watch, HE NEVER STOPPED MOVING. It was nuts. From pre-game warm up drills, to the team coming out of the tunnel, on the sidelines, during TV timeouts…. All the way to the final seconds of the game. Dude CARED about the game, his performance, and the success of the Packers as a whole.

    Jerret Bush = A TRUE FUCKIN’ PACKER.

  13. jtmax May 11, 2015

    Experience really helps. Bush and James Jones are 2 guys who were really bad but TT kept them around long enough for them to get solid. At what price I don’t know but they were cheap and we eventually were rewarded. Same with Hawk. TT is starting to have less patience and really cut underperformers loose sooner than later