Ex-Green Bay Packer Clifton: Aaron Rodgers a Hall of Famer

Former Green Bay Packers left tackle Chad Clifton thinks Aaron Rodgers will someday join his predecessor Brett Favre in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the 12-year veteran told WAUK-AM in Milwaukee on Friday.

"I think I see what everybody else sees," Clifton said of Rodgers. "He's obviously very talented, very, very competitive -- 100 percent, I think he's going to be in the Hall of Fame, right alongside Brett and a lot of the other great quarterbacks who have come through this league. He's got that kind of talent, that kind of will, and he's a great, phenomenal player."

Clifton protected the blindside of both players during his tenure with the Packers. Favre, a sure-fire Hall of Famer, is eligible to be inducted in 2015.

The Packers cut Clifton on April 23 after he failed a physical. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has played his entire career in Green Bay. He suffered a torn hamstring and a back injury last season. His release frees up $5.7 million in salary-cap room for the team.

"I definitely knew it was a possibility," Clifton said of getting let go. "Kind of going into it, there's not a lot of 35-, 36-year-old left tackles in the league. I knew at some point they'd want to get younger, absolutely."

Clifton said he doesn't plan to retire quite yet.

"Right now, I'm back in Nashville, trying to get my back as strong as possible, just trying to get healthy, and we'll take it from there," Clifton said. "If there's interest, we'll see if I'm interested and kind of play it by ear.

Clifton was a second-round pick in 2000 out of Tennessee. He played in two Pro Bowls, 2007 and 2010.

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