But ... "Once someone puts on that purple, they're your teammate," he said.
While Allen downplayed the rivalry, Jennings fanned its flames prior to reporting to Mankato. He made some snide and somewhat peculiar remarks about his former quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, and the way his old team went about its business. It created just the sort of dust-up that shouldn't but does qualify as news in our NFL-crazed and football-starved society.
Even if Vikings coach Leslie Frazier mutes Jennings on all matters Green Bay for the remainder of training camp, the comments are sure to resurface again when the division rivals meet for the first time on Oct. 27 at the Metrodome. By then we'll know a lot more about the impact free agents lost and free agents signed than we do today, just one day after the shoulder pads actually went on these players.
As if the Vikings and Packers need any more fuel to their rivalry.
Shane Frederick is a Free Press staff writer. Read his blog at mankatofreepresshockey.blogspot.com and follow him on Twitter @puckato.