UCLA in the NFL: Brett Hundley takes over in Green Bay

Former UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley (right) will start for the Green Bay Packers after Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone against the Minnesota Vikings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Brett Hundley is finally getting his NFL shot. The longtime Aaron Rodgers understudy was elevated to QB1 last Sunday after Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone that could keep him out for the rest of the season.

After entering the game in the first quarter, Hundley threw an interception on his first pass attempt. He finished with 157 passing yards on 18-for-33 passing, one touchdown and three interceptions in Green Bay’s 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Hundley told reporters after the game that it was hard to see Rodgers go down, but that he had been “preparing for this moment for a long time now.”

“Obviously we didn’t get the job done today, but we’ll be better,” Hundley said. “We’ll be better.”

Former UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr cleared the way for Hundley as the current Viking laid the hit that knocked Rodgers out of the game. Rodgers rolled out of the pocket and threw a pass to tight end Martellus Bennett, who dropped the ball. Barr drew some scrutiny for the play, with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy telling reporters he thought it was “an illegal act” for Barr to “pin (Rodgers) to the ground like that” after following through on the tackle.

For his part, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer didn’t think it was a dirty play.

“We’re playing football,” Zimmer told ESPN on Monday. “It’s unfortunate that he got hurt but I think everything was above board. We’re not a dirty football team.”

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