Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Or tweets.
When Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields and Green Bay Packers second-year signal-caller Jordan Love recently spent time working out and training together, fans of both teams took notice. Both young quarterbacks share an agent, David Mulugheta, who also reps Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson.
Watson was also present at the training session, but he wasn’t in the photo that set both Bears and Packers Twitter afire. When a shirtless Fields stood next to Love (who was wearing a shirt), oodles of memes were born, and both fanbases had loads to say about it.
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Green Bay Fans Aren’t Impressed With Fields
For his part, Love has been preparing for a season in which he has no idea if he’ll be Green Bay’s starter a week before training camp. He has yet to play a snap in the league, and the pressure will be on whenever he takes over for Aaron Rodgers — regardless of when that is.
When the image of Love and Fields standing side-by-side began to make the rounds on social media, Packers fans were quick to evoke images of Tom Brady at the 2000 NFL Combine to illustrate their point that being muscular doesn’t necessarily guarantee Fields any on-field success.
Other Green Bay faithful believed the photo was a “thirst trap.”
Another Packers fan warned Bears supporters, “Man y’all better pray this doesn’t work out in loves favor.”
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Bears Fans Are Having a Fields Day
Since being drafted 11th overall by the Bears in April, Fields has been working hard to get acclimated to the NFL.
“If I go a day without getting better in one way, whether it’s mentally, physically, I feel lazy and I feel like I’m not doing enough to accomplish what I need to accomplish,” Fields told reporters on June 17.
“For me personally, I have to do something football related, whether it’s studying my plays for 45 minutes, an hour, or working out, I have to do something to feel like I’m being productive because I love to feel like I’m being productive and I don’t like feeling like I’m being lazy because that’s one thing that I can control is my work ethic. So I like to do something every day just to have that piece of mind knowing that I’m getting better each and every day.”
Based on his physique in the viral photo, his hard work shows — and Bears fans could not be happier about it:
One fan even jokingly wrote that Love looks more like “someone that’d ask Justin Fields for his autograph.”
“I’ve been in a situation like this before and all I did was get better,” Fields added during his June press conference, referencing his 2019 transfer from Georgia to Ohio State. “So I feel like you can control what you can control and come to work every day with a positive attitude and a want to get better then there’s no stopping you. I think when that time comes, when I do get my opportunity, then I just would like to be ready for that moment.”